It’s been five days since the unexpected passing of well-loved YouTuber Lloyd Cafe Cadena who suffered a heart attack while confined in the hospital last September 4. His death immediately caused an outpouring of messages of love and support from the online community. As one of the pioneering vloggers in the Philippines, Lloyd’s connection with people went beyond what was seen on camera and in his vlogs.
Last September 8, another “veteran” YouTuber Wil Dasovich shared his sentiments about Lloyd’s death. The 29-year-old vlogger, who also went through a major health scare in recent years and has since been declared cancer-free for the past two years, finally posted about Lloyd’s passing in his Facebook page. He wrote, “It’s been a tough week and up until now nothing has sunk in yet. Still trying to figure out how to process all of this as Lloyd is the closest friend I’ve ever lost in my life. It will be some time before I can start uploading again and make sense of everything but for now, it’s time to reflect and remember the greatness of this amazing human being.”
Wil paid homage to the 26-year-old YouTube sensation and gave Lloyd credit for his own success online. “He was the best since the beginning, he was #1, both the king and kween of YouTube. Our community is shattered, our hearts are heavy, but we are healing one day at a time. I love you so much man! What I would give to run up and give u a great big hug like I do every single time we see each other. You were my YouTube idol since I came on the scene and you were the comedian I always aspired to be, and also knew I could never be. You helped me transcend to become the creator I am today and there is not one YouTuber who was more impactful on the community from the beginning than you were. Your laugh still resonates through my ears and your spirit will remain forever within all of us,” he wrote.
The former Pinoy Big Brother housemate also reached out to Lloyd’s mentees, BNT or Bakla ng Taon, whom he helped create individual YouTube channels for, after giving them regular exposure in his vlog and guiding them on and off camera about life. Wil wrote, “My heart goes out to BNT and all fam/friends of LC. I promise you, one day, even if it’s by 2021 when all of this COVID bs ends we will all come together and we will have a huge celebration of Lloyd’s life and what he meant to this world! He was the best there ever was, unmatched!