Ryan came to prominence after her comedy videos, which developed into a series called Little Loca, became a viral sensation on the platform. Eventually, Ryan transitioned into creating celebrity parody videos skewering Kim Kardashian, Amy Winehouse, and Justin Bieber, which catapulted her into the upper echelons of the YouTube space and offered her opportunities outside of online videos.
After establishing herself as a voice on YouTube, Ryan developed Stevie TV, a series for VH1 that drew from her celebrity videos. Throughout her career, she butted heads with her subjects, including Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans. After Stevie TV wrapped in 2013 after its second season, Ryan co-hosted Sex with Brody, a short-lived show involving Brody Jenner and relationship therapist Dr. Mike Dow.
After news of her death had come to light, Ryan's fans and colleagues offered their condolences on Twitter. Evans, who many saw as Ryan's unofficial rival, voiced her grief in a now-deleted tweet that read, "I know we pretty much hated each other but I'm sorry you had to go so soon pretty girl."
Other admirers and colleagues that posted tributes to Ryan included Chris Crocker, Matthew Lush, and Benji Aflalo.
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