YouTuber Tor Eckhoff, or “apetor,” died after falling into an icy lake, his reported partner said.
Eckhoff had over 1.2 million subscribers on YouTube, where he documented his many travels.
Eckhoff’s last video showed him walking around the desert, kissing a tree and drinking alcohol.
The Norwegian YouTuber known as “apetor”, whose real name is Tor Eckhoff, died after falling into an icy lake while on a trip to film a video, according to local reports and a Facebook post from his reported partner.
The 57-year-old died on Saturday after he went over ice on Friday and fell into the water at Jakobs Dam near Kongsberg town. according to the Norwegian outlet Verdans Gang.
Eckhoff had over 1.2 million subscribers and 389 million views on YouTube, where he documented his various travels to different parts of Norway, often ice skating on frozen lakes and shows clips of wildlife and scenic views.
Eckhoff’s last video, uploaded on November 22, has the title “I am Not Dead, I am 57 Today,” written in English. Over the last 5 years since he was 53, the YouTuber uploaded a video on his birthday with a similar title celebrating his age.
Verdens Gang reported that Eckhoff lived with Tove Skjerven, who wrote in a Facebook post on the Facebook page “apetor” Sunday that Eckhoff was on a trip to film himself on ice skating for a video.
The shard wrote in the notice, which is written in English, that divers had rescued Eckhoff from the cold water, and he was transported to the hospital. Despite attempts to save his life, he died Saturday after doctors “turned off all the machines that had kept your body running,” Skjerven wrote.
In a series of tweets translated from Norwegian which seemed to be about Eckhoff, Norway’s Southeast police district wrote on Saturday that firefighters had rescued a man in his 50s in Kongsberg, who had fallen through the ice into the water, and that a rescue helicopter was bringing the person to Ullevål hospital.
Southeast Police District did not respond to a request for comment.
In the “About” section of his YouTube channel, Eckhoff wrote that he was born in 1964, lived in the coastal town of Sandefjord and worked at a painting factory. He wrote on the page that he reached his first 200,000 subscribers in August 2018 and reached 1 million followers in December last year. According to the site, the channel was created in October 2006, just one year after the platform was launched in 2005.
In his latest video, which has garnered over 1 million videos and 57,000 likes, Eckhoff cheerfully drank alcohol and walked around outside kissing a tree and lying in a tub of turbid water. The comments are flooded with people grieving over him, saying they remember all the time they spent watching his videos and want him to “rest in peace.”
Eckhoff was also popular on Instagram, where he had 66,000 followers and shared snapshots of his travels.
The shard did not respond to a request for comment.
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