TikTok star Cooper Noriega’s cause of death was confirmed by a Los Angeles coroner six months after he died, several news sources reported.
The social media star’s body was found on June 9 in the parking lot of a shopping center in Burbank, California. Paramedics were unable to resuscitate him. He was 19 years old.
The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Forensic officer reportedly determined that Noriega died from the combined effects of several drugs: fentanyl, lorazepam, and alprazolam. The last two are tranquilizers, commonly known under the brand names Ativan and Xanax; They may be prescribed to treat anxiety and other conditions. The coroner said recent use of another anxiety drug, clonazepam, also contributed to Noriega’s death.
Death was considered an accident.
Noriega shared a TikTok with the caption “Who else thinks they’re going to do it!€ teen forgiveness” while lying in bed hours before his death.
Four days ago, he said he created a Discord account called “Coop’s Advice” to be a safe space to discuss addiction and mental illness. He also talked about his struggle with addiction, which he said started when he was 9 years old.
“I want to use the influence given to me to spread awareness and create a space built around normalizing conversation about mental illness,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “My goal is to finally open a rehabilitation center where people are not traumatized at the end of their recovery and the staff are trustworthy.”
Noriega’s TikTok account is followed by more than 3.2 million users.
Since his death, his family has posted on his Instagram account that they plan to make Coop’s Advice vision a reality.
“We will continue to spend the rest of our lives finishing everything Cooper dreams of. We will honor his legacy forever,” his family said in June. “Our beautiful son, we love you forever.”
The family founded Coop’s Advice Foundation, which aims to “be a leader in the movement to rethink how our society understands and addresses mental health and addiction, especially among GenZ members.”
“Cooper’s life and work shed light on the urgent need to break free from the stigma of addiction and promote comprehensive mental health, and Coop’s Advice will ensure that the light continues to shine,” says the foundation’s site.
Need help with a substance use disorder or mental health issues? In the US, call 800-662-HELP (4357). SAMHSA National Helpline.