The youthful social media sphere was shaken to its core earlier this week following confirmation that that influencer Christopher “X-Treem” Mulligan had taken his own life.
Mulligan, 32, was host for one of the internet’s most popular live blogs, “The X-Treem Files.”
The daily three-hour video postings were long ramblings punctuated by stunts. Past hits included skateboarding off a roof, wearing one pair of underwear for five weeks, and setting himself on fire then trying to run fast enough to snuff out the flames.
Fans mourning Mulligan’s passing were surprised when a new video appeared in his feed.
“Hey everybody! It’s ya boy, X-Treem! You might be wondering why I’m in this dark tunnel with the rocks glowing red. That’s because I’m coming to you from the afterlife. That’s right. I’m descending into Hell. And it’s hotter than balls down here!”
“You may be wondering how I got here. I wasn’t sure if suicide was a sin, so I did a lot of bad stuff before I offed myself. To my neighbors, sorry about your twin babies. I had to do it, because I have the best fans and I’ll do anything for them.”
“And hey, remember to smash that like button. Share this stream. Right now I only got have a hundred thousand views. If I can get to half a mil, I’ll do something crazy down here. You got any ideas, type them in the comments.”
He wandered around a vast cave. The cavern floor was pockmarked with lava pools. Demons, their skin covered with thorns, tortured bodies hung on the rock walls.
Mulligan reviewed his cell phone.
“User megametal34 says ‘Go find Hitler.’ Dude. That is brilliant, bro. I will do that. Great idea. Yeah, Hitler is terrible but he’s had so many followers, so that’s got to count for something, right? Imagine all the clicks and views he could get!”
Mulligan panned across the enormous torture lair, watching the demons work.
“Oh snap, y’all!” he yelled. “Did you see that? Some demon tore out that guy’s heart. And look at this. This woman here, she’s trying to say something.”
The kneeling, bleeding woman held up a twitching moist slug-shaped of flesh.
“Oh, damn! They ripped out her tongue! Awesome!”
Suddenly the video feed darkened.
“Oh dang y’all! Check. This. Out. It’s Satan himself! The big dog. The biggest influencer of ALL TIME. Hey how you doing, bro?”
The darkness continued. Mulligan’s usually jolly voice broke.
“What do you mean I don’t get to go back? Not cool man! Not-”
The feed cut off. A debate has divided the fanbase since, opposing sides arguing whether the stunt was real or not.
As of this writing, the feed has had no further entries.