Kile Glover, the stepson of rhythm-and-blues superstar Usher, was taken off life support and died at the age of 11 on Saturday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kile Glover was declared brain-dead on July 8 after a personal watercraft hit him and a friend while they rode an inner tube in Georgia's Lake Lanier on July 6.
Glover, the biological son of Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster and Atlanta television executive Ryan Glover, was being towed by a boat when a 38-year-old man riding the personal watercraft struck them. Glover was immediately knocked unconscious and had to be airlifted to an Atlanta hospital.
One way for Kile Glover to live longer in the minds of his family and friends is through his own YouTube channel, titled "The Kile Show."
During his life, Glover recorded almost 50 videos of himself, doing funny voices and joking around with his siblings. Kile looked totally comfortable in front of the camera -- and although few of the short videos have many views, it's clear they were a creative outlet for a child who had a flair for the dramatic.
In reporting the news of his death, the celebrity gossip site TMZ said Tameka Foster "struggled tremendously with the decision" about Glover's life support and is "understandably devastated."
It is common for parents who have lost children to save home videos, photographs, and voice-mail messages of their loved ones -- and although "The Kile Show" can't make up for his loss, it preserves nice memories for his family and friends.
The Stir mentioned that children growing up online sometimes unknowingly release too much information about themselves or are victimized. For some parents, though, the digital world offers a way to see their kids when they were healthy and in their own little worlds, where Kile Glover definitely was when he was filming himself.
The videos have been swamped with thoughtful and respectful comments since the news of Kile's death broke on Saturday. This kind of reverence under YouTube videos is uncommon, although Kile's infectious personality would make it tough for even the coldest Internet trolls to think of something cruel to say.
You can find the complete list of Kile's videos on his YouTube page.