Controversial YouTuber Kevin Samuels died last week, very suddenly and unexpectedly, at his rented Atlanta apartment. Though the exact cause of death hasn’t yet been publicly revealed, it’s been widely reported that the self-styled relationship guru and lifestyle influencer, 57, began complaining of chest pain and may have ultimately suffered cardiac arrest. A woman, reportedly a trained nurse with whom he’d spent the night, was with him at the time and performed CPR, later dialing 911 after she failed to revive him.
Throughout his career, Samuels remained a polarizing figure. He first achieved notice circa 2016 thanks to his lifestyle videos and fashion advice, but gained widespread attention in December 2020 for his viral video “You’re Average at Best.” Ever since, his hotly debated and always-blunt relationship advice has taken center stage on his various social media channels.
And since 2020, Samuels’ frequent livestreams on Instagram and the like have brought him a slew of notably devoted fans but also a large number of detractors, who deemed his content “cruel.” The latter group zeroed in on some of his choicer comments, particularly his remarks about Black women and women over 35, the latter of whom he labeled “leftovers.”
In any case, Samuels’ videos brought him fame, fortune and a huge number of curious eyeballs, including 1.4 million YouTube subscribers and 1.2 million Instagram followers. At the time of his death, the high-profile Atlanta native was living in a rented apartment at the posh Residence Buckhead apartment complex, an exclusive building in what is perhaps Atlanta’s most prestigious neighborhood pocket. Nearby homeowners include Cardi B, Elton John and fellow YouTuber Stephanie Soo.
It’s not known how much Samuels was paying for his lease, though the apartment had been publicly offered last year at $1,920 per month. Per records, the relatively compact unit has one bedroom and just one bathroom in 915 square feet of living space.
(Note: photos below display a staged apartment with an identical layout to Samuels’ residence.)