Thirteen year old youtube sensation Caleb Logan Bratayley was a star. He had “it” as they say in Hollywood- good looks, a brightness, and an effervescent personality. He was highly watchable on his family’s daily vlog. Then all of a sudden this boy is dead. The family released a statement that he died of :natural causes.” There is nothing natural about a 13 year old dropping dead for no reason. They also left a rather strange and disturbing statement at the end of their vblog https://youtu.be/oZpJN86pNoA where they said
” Unfortunatey Caleb passed away right after we made the video. He will never get to meet his future self. None of us will and we are sad because he could have been great. “
Then they go on to say to kiss your kids and tell them that you love the everyday. “You never know what day will be their last.”
WHAT????? The last thing parents think of is that their child will die before them. The Bratayley’s giving encouraging advice for people to kiss their kids is absurd to me in my view in light of their circumstance.
It may perhaps show that this family may have been more concerned about their youtube presence and their vlog and their 15 minutes of fame.
In closely examining the boy’s last video I found it strange. While he and his 2 sisters are eating breakfast, he can barely focus and looks out of it. His eyes are half closed as you can see below.
Then he looks into the distance and doesn’t focus n the question he is asked by his mother.
His eyes look even more at half mast. As he slowly chews his muffin, he suddenly closes his eyes as he can barely keep them open.The muffin suddenly drops out of his hand.
His head and body collapses on to the counter. After a few seconds he lifts his head up and holds up his head with his hand. You hear the mother saying that he’s not a morning person. What???? The child just collapsed on the counter and this is what she says? I personally found that disturbing.
Unsteadily, he rocks back and forth in his seat as he still can barely keep his eyes open. Perhaps the mother needed to interject whether the child was Ok at this point.
He then saunters over to the sink where he looks off to the side and leans over the counter as though he is not feeling well. He remains in that position for a few seconds. His mother who is filming the entire time neglects to address this. Instead she says “Isn’t he cute?’ I would have asked if the boy was OK at that point.
He then turns around and stumbles twice as he walks and eventually ends up lying down on the couch. The mother doesn’t seem to notice as she is too busy trying to be cute for the camera talking about how she will film how the “Bratayley eat lunch.”
Then he buries his head in his arms as he continues to lie on the couch. He then moves his head around to get into a more comfortable position.
Next we see a shot of the boy not looking great as he stumbles around. Then he mumbles that he caught the camera he almost dropped which sounded to many people like he said “he dropped a narcotic”. He may or may not have said that. But he looks a little too surprised and reactive for this as he opens his eyes widely and does a second take of surprise.
But he looks a little too surprised and reactive after he says this. Then seconds later he oddly shuts his eyes as if he is doing a double take and so surprised that he caught the camera he was about to drop. Then he opens his eyes wide and looks into the camera seconds later and says WOW! My reaction to his was what did he say? Did he say maybe he “dropped a narcotic” like many thought he said. Many may hear that and may think that his reaction was akin to those may have ingested a narcotic with slow reaction time and being amazed at the most benign occurrence and pondering over it. But it should be pointed out that there is some question as to exactly what he said (dropping a camera etc.) but his mumbling was cause for concern.
He then seems confused as he tries to answer a question as he continues to mumble. He can barely focus and read the question he is supposed to answer as he stammers and stumbles over his words as he reads the question-” What he would ask his future self.” He then mumbles and slurs his words “Is Taco Bell still around?”
Then he looks pained and looks away from the camera as he mumbles what he would really ask is if there are any new sports. He then licks his lips which may indicate that he is getting cotton mouth or that his mouth is dry. Perhaps that was another indication that something was not right with him.
He then says he would ask if there are any new sports. He looks pained as he says this. Then he stcks out hs tongue and makes an inappropriate motor boat type of noise.It made no sense in terms of the context in which he was speaking.
Then he does something that is even more absurd. He pulls his cheeks and asks if his cheeks look fat. This is clearly a young man that has spent too many hours in front of the camera as his vanity seems to have gotten best of him. It made no sense whatsoever. Then he scrunches up is face and begins to make absurd noises and sounds no one can understand.
Then he goes through an array of facial expressions that also make no sense as he seems to be mugging into the camera.
Then he goes back to the question he was asked and mumbles something about his 5 second earlier self talking to his other self. It sounded like something someone who may possibly be high on something would ponder about.
He continues to make more inappropriate and over the top facial expressions as you see above.
He continues to mumble and make inappropriate noises. Then we see a statement on the video that the boy “unforuntaley” died shortly after doing this video.
WHAT???? It was such a cold statement and not a normal reaction from any parent who just lost a child. Also who would be releasing a videotape of something like his if the person just died? I personally found that to be problematic
This is makes me very concerned to wonder whether that something was wrong with this boy. Did the parents neglect to take care of the problem. We don’t know at this point. Many questions arise.
Was he on medication and had a bad reaction to it?
Did he have an underlying illness?
Did he have some underlying neurolgical condition that affected his behavior ?
Did he take narcotics?
Did he commit suicide?
Was there foul play?
These are fair questions to ask whenever a child dies unexpectedly. These questions in no way accuse or insinuate any of these things happened. They are merely questions most people consider under these circumstances.
Now the parents have released a statement that Caleb had an undetected medical condition but have yet to release to the public what that medical condition was that took This young and precious boy’s life.
In my personal opinion, maybe if these parents had spent more time observing Caleb’s off behavior when they were filming him right before he died and sought medical attention for him, perhaps his undetected medical condition may have been detected. It is just a cause for concern.
The parents have also decided to livestream their child’s funeral which I also personally found disturbing.
In any event it is very sad that this beautiful and vibrant young man who had all the hopes of a full life ahead of him is gone. May he Rest In Peace.
ADDENDUM # 2
For Caleb’s and the Bratayley family fans I understand that this is a very difficult time for many of you in terms of continuing to mourn Caleb’s sudden and unexpected death. If you are having difficulty coping, talk to someone who is a professional who can help you during your grieving process. Many of you may be going through the various stages of grief from shock, to denial to anger etc.
There have been a few individuals who are clearly going through their anger phase of the grief process who have decided to take their anger out on this blog . They have misinterpreted what was said in the blog and have made personal attacks.
No personal attacks, or hate will be tolerated in this blog. If you have a difference of opinion you are certainly welcome to express yourself in a civil and respectful manner. Otherwise your comment will not be read and will be be deleted. I stand by what I said in the blog. While I do not blame anyone for Caleb’s death, my only concern was that his parent kept filming when there was clearly something wrong as I saw it in the video and relayed in these screen shots. Perhaps the mother’s focus was on her filming that didn’t notice something was wrong. At any rate, I personally found that to be disturbing .
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