Mother of Whitesboro Teen Star and Suicide Victim Bravely Speaks Out
Internet sensation Hannah Stone of Whitesboro, who had nearly 400,000 followers on the live streaming social media site YouNow died just two weeks before her 17th birthday, and now her mother is speaking out to warn parents about the danger of teen suicide.
In a very emotional interview with WIBX's Bill Keeler, Angela Blair said that she hopes that her speaking publicly will help other teens who might be struggling. During the interview, she referenced the fact that her daughter had recently watched the Netflix documentary, 13 Reasons Why, which she said she fears normalizes suicide. While Blair came short of saying she felt the documentary contributed to her daughter's suicide, she did say she does not approve of the program. Listen to the interview below.
Stone, who was born in Lowville and living with her family in Whitesboro, was a rising star in the social media world with thousands of followers on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and YouNow, where she would regularly perform covers of popular songs as well as songs she wrote. She attended Whitesboro schools. According to her obituary, Stone passed away at University Hospital in Syracuse with her family by her side, on Thursday. The Daily Mail has reported that she died of an apparent suicide.
Stone was the daughter of Leonard and Angela (Blair) Stone of Whitesboro. According to her obituary:
"She was a very talented musician with thousands of followers on the popular media site, YouNow. But with all her fame and popularity, she was most importantly a little sister to her loving brother Garrett. She is survived by her parents, Leonard and Angela, Whitesboro, brother, Garrett (Fiancee, Jordan), sister, Brittany; maternal grandparents, Ben and Debbie Blair, Lowville and Diane and John Bradish, Whitesboro; paternal grandmother, Mary Stone and several aunts, uncles and cousins. She is predeceased her paternal grandfather, Robert Stone.
Hannah’s family would like to thank her family, close friends and her fans, the “Fannah’s”.
Her fans were referred to as "Fannahs."
Watch some of Hannah's performances on YouTube below.