YouNow star Hannah Stone sadly passed away on November 1, 2017, at the young age of 16 – two weeks before her 17th birthday. The details surrounding her death are vague but friends and family are taking to social media to celebrate her life. She was known for her incredible voice and singing an awesome rendition the "5quad song." Hannah used YouNow to chat with her fans and share her voice. The loved ones around Hannah in real life and on the Internet were completely shocked by her death.
Now, Hannah's mother, Angela Stone, is speaking out about her daughter and how their family never thought this would happen to them. She spoke with CNYcentral.com and said, "She was a regular sixteen-year-old, very happy-go-lucky girl with an extreme talent. Not in a million years would I have thought our daughter could take her own life, it just wasn't Hannah. Three weeks ago, she just wasn't herself, and we immediately got her help."
Angela also reportedly told the publication that Hannah was being bullied on social media. She said, "It's so common, it's a growing trend it's an epidemic. Be aware of all the influences out there that your teenagers are exposed to. Just be aware and be in their lives and pay really close attention." This can be a cautionary tale to all. While social media can be fun, exciting and incredibly rewarding, there are also dangers to the platform especially when teens are trying to juggle school, friends, homework and the pressures of growing up. No one should feel like social media is an added pressure.
A loved one of Hannah's, Jena Vance, has set up a YouCaring page asking for donations to help cover medical and funeral expenses. The rest of the donations will reportedly go toward a scholarship in memory of Hannah. Not only that, but Jena is also relaying a message from Hannah's family to the public via Instagram. She posted a collage of photos of Hannah with several different messages and a direct quote from Rolling Stone that speaks to the dangers of social media. Jena captioned the Instagram post, "#iamhannahstone."
The Rolling Stone quote reads, "Teen suicide is still the second leading cause of death for teens – over 5,000 kids attempt it every day in America – and we have to approach the topic as a society if we ever want to see those numbers fall. We have to educate faculty and adults about the negative power that social media has with regards to suicide."
Jena also posted a message from Hannah's family that said, "On November 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm, our precious angel Hannah Elizabeth Stone passed away. Hannah fought so hard and was being actively treated in recent months for mental health issues related to a recent trauma. Hannah was a rising star who touched thousands of lives because of her own battles. To those of you who have messaged us that she is the reason that you're still alive, Bless you for letting our angel touch you – she was a blessing from God especially to her mother, father, brother and sister. We say goodbye to our angel Sunday November 5th from 1-5pm calling hours at Dimbleby Funeral Home...Please join us in this fight against teenage suicide and it's prevention in her name. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all of our family, friends and devoted Fannah's.
God bless, The Stone Family."
Looking back over the past couple of months, Hannah actually took a break from social media last month. Her final post on Instagram was on October 14, 2017. She captioned the shot, "officially on do not disturb mode from now on👌🏽😉 #unbothered."
Not only was Hannah taking a break from Instagram, but seemingly Twitter as well. Her last tweet was on September 16, 2017. It cryptically read, "I'll never be able to describe how sorry I am." Of course, no one can be sure what she's talking about but in light of everything that has happened now, it's hard not think she was talking to her fans. While it is unfair to speculate, she seems like she is incredibly upset about something she did – regardless of whether or not she even could be to blame. Hannah's last YouNow video was posted on October 18, 2017.
I'll never be able to describe how sorry I am— hannah((: (@Iamhannahstone) September 16, 2017
Hannah was friends with the 5squad social media gang and they are understandably very upset by her passing. Zach Clayton took to Twitter to express his feelings. He wrote, "i remember the day we met like it was yesterday! ://💔 such a talented beautiful amazing girl! rip hannah, ur in a better place now ❤️."
i remember the day we met like it was yesterday! ://💔 such a talented beautiful amazing girl! rip hannah, ur in a better place now ❤️ pic.twitter.com/D2Z4hnl4VQ— Spooky Zack (@bruhitszach) November 1, 2017
YouNow has also released a statement on Twitter. They wrote, "Deeply saddened to hear about Hannah Stone❤️Such a beautiful, talented spirit who will always be in our hearts. RIP angel✨."
Deeply saddened to hear about Hannah Stone❤️Such a beautiful, talented spirit who will always be in our hearts. RIP angel✨— YouNow (@YouNow) November 1, 2017
Hannah's friend, Hunter Rowland, has also sent his condolences through social media. He wrote, "Rip Hannah Stone Hannah stone was the first girl I ever watched on younow, so sweet & smiley.. rest easy with the other angels up there ♥️."
Rip Hannah Stone— Hunter Rowland :) (@HunterRowland) November 2, 2017
Hannah stone was the first girl I ever watched on younow, so sweet & smiley.. rest easy with the other angels up there ♥️ pic.twitter.com/7q69WuEFLa
During this difficult time, it is comforting to know her friends and those closest to her are using her death as a way to remind others they are not alone and even if you don't think you have a purpose in life – you do. The whole thing is just incredibly tragic. Her family, friends, and fans are rallying together in hopes that wherever she is she can see how much she truly was loved.
5quad member, Timmy Connors, put it perfectly. He wrote on Twitter, "Listened to the 5quad song she did for us n I just ... the lyrics... they’re so real.. wow. This is so crazy to me.." He continued, "I wish all of these ppl were there on her twitter when she went live and posted music n sang on there so she’d get the recongnition deserved."
Listened to the 5quad song she did for us n I just ... the lyrics... they’re so real.. wow. This is so crazy to me..— Tc (@thetimmyconnors) November 1, 2017
I wish all of these ppl were there on her twitter when she went live and posted music n sang on there so she’d get the recongnition deserved— Tc (@thetimmyconnors) November 1, 2017
According to Hannah's obituary, she passed away at "SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY with her loving family by her side." The written tribute also thanked Hannah's fans, the Fannah's. Our prayers go out to Hannah's family, friends and fans at what we can only imagine is an extremely difficult time.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255.