A YouTuber tragically died just days after posting a video telling his followers that he wasn’t dead.
Tor Eckhoff, who was better known by his YouTube username Apetor, uploaded a video on 22 November entitled ‘I Am Not Dead, I Am 57 Today’, in which he could be seen in a bathtub outdoors with the number 57 written on his head. He knocked back several shots of vodka and some ‘tea liquor’ and also filmed himself kissing a tree and wearing a plastic bag over his head.
Tor traditionally made videos declaring that he was not dead on his birthday.
Tragically, just days after sharing the clip with his 1.2 million subscribers, Eckhoff fell through ice at Jakobs Dam outside Kongsberg.
Police said a witness called emergency services when they heard shouts, and they believed the accident occurred in connection to a video recording.
Despite being rushed to hospital, Eckhoff died the next day (Saturday 27 November), Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang reports.
His partner Tove Skjerven told the news outlet: “We miss him terribly much, and it is a loss that will never let go. He has been everything to me and to our son.”
In a post on Facebook, translated from Norwegian, Skjerven said: “My dearest Tor. Friday the 26th. November was just a regular Friday.
“You went to a water near Kongsberg, and you looked forward to skating. You should also film a little, which you should use in a video on YouTube. You messaged me when you arrived, with pictures of yourself and the water. Nice relationship, you wrote.
“But something went horribly wrong. You ended up in the ice water, and this time you didn’t get back up, like you did so many times before!
“In the end, you were picked up by divers and sent by air ambulance to Ullevål hospital.
“They did everything they could to bring you back to life, but you had been underwater for too long.
“On Saturday night John and I were with you when the doctors in the hospital turned off all the machines that kept your body going.
“Thank you for all you have been to Johannes and me. We have endless good memories, and we miss you so indescribable!”
Subscribers have paid tribute to Eckhoff underneath his last video, with one writing: “We will never forget the joy you brought us! Warm thoughts to the family.”
Another said: “Rest in peace, thanks for making everyone’s day better, Tor.”
While a third commented: “Thanks for all the joy you brought us. You will live forever.”