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This afternoon, we are sad to report that one of the Internet’s most beloved new viral stars has died. Gender-bendingYouTube sensation known to many all across the world as “Messy Mya” (born Anthony Barre) has been shot and killed according to reports from multiple social media, blogs and urban news entities.

The 22-year-old New Orleans viral sensation was reportedly attending a baby shower with his girlfriend. He was reportedly ambushed by a group of young men and was then shot and killed on a city street corner. Onlookers and bystanders then took photos of his lifeless body and distributed them across Twitter, Facebook and other social media networking sites causing an increasingly disturbing outcry from the general public – those who were familiar with him and even those who weren’t.

WARNING – GRAPHIC IMAGES

We will not be re-posting the photos on any account, however gossip guru site MediaTakeOut.com has provided links. View at your own discretion. Twitter has reportedly taken measures to remove the photos from their server as well.

Check out more on the evolving story at one of the following links provided.

NewsOne.com

The Inquisitr.com

StumbleUpon.com

His own Twitter feed has ceased updates, but supporters have retweeted one of his equally disturbing final messages:

#randomthought: I wonder what people be thinkin bout just before they are bout to die

Messy Mya was very well known in New Orleans gay community and several of his online rants have gone viral. Our prayers, thoughts and condolences are with his family, friends and acquaintances.

More updates and confirmations on the story to come. What do you all think is going on? Sad, unfortunate and very disturbing is this news of yet another one of America’s young people losing their lives.

Some say this is the price of fame on any level. Do you agree? Is this considered a hate crime? Does his sexuality or the flamboyancy of his comedic character possibly have anything to do with his mysterious death? You tell us by posting a comment or two on the message board below.

If you’re unfamiliar with who Messy Mya is, here’s a look at the young comedian’s random rant on YouTube. Please keep in mind there is heavy use of explicit language and sexual references. View at your own discretion.

Messy Mya Moments

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