Dear friends and Family of Keenan Cahill
We are devasted to announce that our nephew, Keenan Cahill, passed away on December 29th at the age of 27. Twelve days earlier he had open heart surgery and was starting to recover, but complications arose that he couldn’t overcome. We are starting a fundraiser to collect donations to help pay for his medical and funeral costs.
Keenan had Maroteaux-Lamy syndrome, which is a progressive condition that causes many tissues and organs to enlarge, become inflamed or scarred, and eventually waste away. He was first diagnosed at the age of 1. Because of his rare disease, he has had countless surgeries over his short life including a bone marrow transplant.
Keenan became one of the first internet sensations when he started recording himself lip-synching videos in his bedroom in 2010 and was noticed by Katy Perry.
Over the next few years, he traveled around the world working with celebrities including Katy Perry, Jimmy Kimmel, Jennifer Aniston, 50 Cent, Justin Bieber and David Guetta to name a few. His videos have over 500 million views on YouTube. He never made a lot of money, but he enjoyed what he was doing and brought smiles to the faces of so many people.
Thank you to everyone that made Keenan’s short life memorable. He will be missed by all who knew him.