Hours after posting a video about dying “young af," TikTok star Cooper Noriega, 19, was found dead on Thursday.

According to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner, the social media star died outside a Los Angeles-area mall, reported Page Six. The teen's cause of death is yet to be known. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office said that the ruling on the manner of Noriega’s death has been “deferred.” It means that it is still unclear “after an autopsy” and the medical examiner needs “more investigation into the death, including additional studies." When the tests or studies come back, the doctor will evaluate the case again and make the cause of death determination. No foul play is suspected in his death, TMZ reported.

Law enforcement sources said that a passerby called 911 after finding Noriega unconscious in a mall parking lot outside Los Angeles. Shortly thereafter, paramedics arrived on the scene, but were unable to revive him.

The TikTok star's death comes just a day after he posted a cryptic video in bed. He also wrote, “who else be thinking they gon die young af.” At the time, he did not clarify why he thought he would die at a young age.

He had been open with his followers about his struggle with drug abuse and mental health issues. He recently appeared on Barstool’s “BFFs” podcast where he shared that he was very “insecure” when he started using TikTok as he was overweight back then. Noriega also admitted that he started consuming drugs before he turned 10. He told host Dave Portnoy, “I mean, we are talking Xanax, Aderall, marijuana, nicotine."

The social media sensation, best known for posting lip-sync videos and short sketches, had 1.7 million TikTok followers as well as over 427,000 followers on Instagram, reported news.com.au. His fans were devastated over losing him. Some were "heartbroken" and couldn't imagine "how his family and friends are feeling,” others requested fellow fans to tell them "it’s not true he’s not actually gone.”

His death marks the latest in a string of TikTok star deaths in 2022. TikToker Candice Murley, 36, mysteriously died in January, days after she claimed that the “voices in her head had gone silent.”

The parents of two children from Texas and Wisconsin are suing TikTok after their children died from self-strangulation while allegedly attempting to perform the Blackout Challenge viral on the social media platform.  This is a representational image. SAM-RIZ44/ Pixabay

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