Cooper Noriega’s death cause has been confirmed six months after his death at the age of 19.
The adolescent died from the “combined effects of alprazolam, fentanyl, and lorazepam,” according to the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner. The probe also found “recent clonazepam use.”
On June 9, the social media sensation was fatally shot in a parking lot. His passing happened after fans began inquiring about his well-being after the Barstool Sports “BFF’s Podcast” account wrote about “devastating news” on Twitter. They wrote, “RIP Cooper Noriega,” on June 10. “Life is fragile. Enjoy every minute.” Noriega had featured on the show only a week before his death.
Fans grieving the teen’s tragic death shared their grief and shock in the aftermath of the news. His family also broke their silence at the loss, posting remarks on social media.
“Hi everyone. On behalf of our family we want to thank you all for the kind words of our little coop,” Cooper’s sister, Parker Noriega, wrote in a June 11 statement shared on the late influencer’s Instagram. “His passing is an absolute tragedy to our family and loved ones. We pray that we all as a community can continue on his legacy. He loved each and everyone [sic] of you. Please feel free to reach out to us as we love feeling all the support. Bless you, all… with love, his sister.”
Cooper was also honored by his father, Harold Noriega, who noted what an “incredibly difficult time” it has been for the family. “We lost our beautiful 19-year-old Cooper last evening,” he wrote via Facebook. “He was loved by so many and truly the love of Treva’s, Parker’s, and my life.”
He added: “There are no words to express the grief and loss. It’s not supposed to be this way. Your child is not supposed to pass before his parents. Cooper has touched so many people. … My boy was a believer and I know he is in the presence of God. Thank you, everyone. I love you all.”
Noriega has told his followers about his struggles with substance addiction and mental illness. On June 5, he announced on Instagram that he had created a Discord server for “strictly mental health,” claiming that he had been “struggling with addiction” since he was 9 years old.
“You may think that’s crazy but that’s the life I’ve been dealt,” he shared, adding how he wanted to “create a space built on spreading awareness and normalizing talking about mental illness. My goal is to eventually open a rehab where people aren’t traumatized at the end of their recovery, and where the staff members are trusted, people.”
He concluded: “One of the many things I’ve learned while struggling with addiction was that surrounding yourself with negative people will only bring you down. For that reason, Discord is meant to bring us all together and create a safe space where people can vent and help others through their tough times.”