YouTube star Tré Melvin is thankful be alive after getting into a serious car accident that took the life of his best friend and left him with brain injuries.
via Page Six:
A statement published on Melvin’s Twitter account Tuesday announced that the 26-year-old and his friend, Katherya, had both suffered brain injuries in the crash on Monday. Just hours later, Melvin gave an update on his condition while revealing that Katherya had died.
“i don’t think i have ever been this numb. ever,” Melvin wrote.
Elaborating on his injuries, Melvin wrote, “to those asking, i’m (physically) okay. i was knocked unconscious on impact and my brain bled fairly heavily but the bleeding stabilized this morning. my neck + my back want me dead, but that’s what meds are for. i’m alive and i’m grateful.”
On Tuesday, a statement on Melvin’s account read, “Early Monday morning, Tré was involved in a severe auto collision with his friend Katherya. Both are currently hospitalized and have suffered brain injuries. While Tré is stable, Kathy is unresponsive. Their families ask that you please send prayers, blessings, and positive vibrations their way. They will come out of this stronger and more powerful. So it is.”
The news comes less than a month after Melvin said he was departing YouTube over claims the platform was censoring his work. He’d decided to launch a new project, Tré Melvin TV.
“i will no longer allow the platform to censor my pain. i will no longer allow the platform to demonetize my pain,” he tweeted. “i will no longer sit at a table both my blackness and my queerness have never truly been welcome at. i will build my own.”
Prayers go out to Tré for a full recovery and to Katherya’s family. May she rest in peace.