When Caleb Logan Bratayley passed away last October, it cause shockwaves throughout the vlogger community. Vlogging, or video blogging, has quickly become one of the more popular uses of YouTube, and the Bratayley channel and its spin-offs were a pretty solid representation of the medium. Now that some time has passed, people are curious if any more information about his death is available, and what his family has been doing since.
Annie, Noelle, and Caleb Logan Bratayley
The Bratayley channel was originally just the home of Hayley Noelle, Caleb’s youngest sister, born September 2nd, 2008. Bratayley was originally created as a portmanteau of “brat” and “Hayley.” Quickly, the show evolved to feature Hayley’s siblings, as well. Julianne Grace, better known as Annie, was born on December 5, 2004. Caleb Logan was born on July 13, 2002. As the channel expanded to include the whole family, Bratayley because the children’s stage surname.
Prior to Caleb Logan’s death, the Bratayley channel on YouTube had accrued almost two million subscribers. This isn’t that impressive on its own, but the children also ran several other YouTube accounts, including one dedicated to Annie’s gymnastic performances with almost 500,000 subscribers. Caleb Logan also had his own channel, mostly featuring him playing Minecraft. The three were also part of Disney’s Maker Studio, a YouTube distribution and production studio.
Caleb Logan’s Sudden Death – How Caleb Logan Died
Caleb Logan’s death on October 1, 2015, took everyone by surprise. He was only thirteen, and had no known medical conditions. His death was so unexpected that several media outlets at the time suspected fraud, if not worse, in an attempt to garner more attention for the young celebrities. Journalists, who seemed desperate to turn the tragedy into a story, criticized the family for being vague about what had happened, at first. The family, most likely trying to keep the death private, rather than mysterious, eventually acquiesced to public pressure, and disclosed Caleb Logan Bratayley’s cause of death had been from hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, or HCM, is a thickening of the muscle separating the chambers of the heart. HCM almost never presents any symptoms until the condition causes sudden cardiac failure. Caleb Logan had frequent doctors appointments, due to the history of heart problems in his family, but they had not been of the scope to test for HCM. The family, since his death, have started testing Annie and Hayley for HCM.
The family, who were aware how many people online appreciated their son’s presence on YouTube, and anxious to appease sensationalist journalists, broadcast Caleb’s memorial service live through YouTube and the app Periscope. More than 40,000 people viewed the broadcasts.
What Are The Bratayley Family Doing Now in 2018?
Caleb’s family took a brief hiatus from making videos after Caleb’s death and memorial service. They uploaded the first new episode of Bratayley on October 13, 2015, four days after his service. The Bratayley channel today has almost a million more subscribers than it had prior to his death, and they continue to release videos on a near-daily basis, just like they did before his death. His sister Annie continues to release videos on her own channel about her progress in gymnastics. Hayley, the girl who started it all, continues to be one of YouTube’s favorite young vloggers.