On May 10, 2020, Corey — who was celebrating his 25th birthday — died in a car crash. Daniel, the car’s driver, was arrested after the crash. At the time, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed to Us Weekly that he attempted to leave the crash scene after running into both a stop sign and a tree. Daniel was initially charged with second-degree murder in July 2020 and pleaded not guilty, as per Entertainment Tonight. That same month, he agreed to a plea deal and pleaded no contest to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter. In August 2020, according to ET, Daniel was sentenced to four years in state prison, which was suspended and 364 days in county jail, which he had already served 216 days. He was also sentenced to 250 hours of community service and five years of probation.
In his February 2021 YouTube video titled “I Love You Corey,” the former reality star addressed the crash for the first time publicly.
“It’s almost impossible to find the right words for something like this,” he said. “At the moment I’m still processing all of these emotions that I’m going through, and just being forced to confront the fact that this accident resulted in the death of one of my best friends.”
He continued, “After the accident, all I could do was keep thinking about how the family was doing and the pain they must be going through.”
Daniel also appeared to read a letter from the La Barrie Family’s attorney in which they requested “the dismissal of the second-degree murder charges.”
“It’s hard to put into words how truly grateful I am for the family to send a letter like this in such a difficult time,” Daniel said. “The fact that they even showed me an ounce of empathy and were able to look past the misinformation instead of seeking vengeance shows how compassionate and understanding they really are.”
Following Corey’s death, celebrities took to social media and remembered the internet star. Scroll through our gallery to read all their heartfelt tributes.
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