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Jonathan Grant Thompson (November 21, 1980 - July 29, 2019 [aged 38]), better known online as The King of Random, was an American YouTuber known across the Internet as by this identification by his username. He uploaded videos of experiments, life hacks, and random weekend projects.

Grant's most viewed video titled "How To Make LEGO Gummy Candy!" was uploaded on May 25, 2015, and shows users how to make edible LEGO bricks with Jell-O.

In 2018, Grant took a step back from headlining the channel, his former co-host, Nate, stepped up to run the channel as to allow Grant to spend more time with [his] family, and to do more work behind the scenes. October 25, 2018, saw the debut of a female co-host by the name of Calli. 

On July 29, 2019, Grant passed away due to a paragliding accident. [1][2] His team now runs the channel, with the usual content.

Charges

In January 2018 Grant was charged with possession of an explosive device. The Police were alerted by a concerned member of the public in June who claimed that he was making dry ice bombs in his garden in South Jordan, Utah, and subsequently posting videos of their creation.

On August 27, 2017, officers were forced to respond to an explosion at Thompson's home, where he explained that he "had a YouTube channel where he films science experiments, including explosions," according to KSL.com. He further explained that a friend had "left him with a bag of unknown powder substance", which he assumed was a firework that had been taken apart.

Along with 20-year-old Timothy Burgess, he allegedly decided to light the powder - initially in small batches before deciding to ignite a bigger pile. According to the charge, this explosion sent "sent small flaming particles into the air, some of which embedded into Burgess' leg and arm after burning off some of his hair." The responding firefighters claimed to have head the blast five minutes at their station 350 yards away before they were officially dispatched, it's reported.

Thompson was then charged on the following Tuesday with two counts of possessing an explosive device, and Burgess was charged with one count.

Death

On July 29, 2019, Grant passed away due to a paragliding accident. Memorials have been posted to the channel's social media accounts, the channel itself, and the socials of many people who knew him. The cause of death, as confirmed by Grant's brother Mark Thompson in a TMZ article and his Discord admins is from a paragliding accident.[3]

Trivia

  • Grant and his wife have four children.
  • In addition to Grant's YouTube channel, he was an airline pilot and built a real estate business. He worked in the transportation industry and even got a job in Hawaii flying cargo.
  • Grant was inspired to start making videos by the videos created by Kipkay for Make Magazine.

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