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  • Waffler69, whose real name was Taylor, suffered a heart attack, his brother says
  • Taylor's brother, Clayton, confirmed that the content creator passed away Wednesday
  • Taylor had over 1 million followers on TikTok and 33.1 million likes across his videos on the platform

The TikTok community is mourning the loss of a beloved star, who went viral for eating tons of bizarre food items.

Food influencer Waffler69, whose real name was Taylor, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack, his brother Clayton told TMZ. He was 33.

Clayton revealed that Taylor had been experiencing "some discomfort" and called his mother. But things got "worse," so Taylor called for an ambulance and was rushed to a hospital from his home in Louisiana.

The TikTok star died shortly after being taken to the hospital.

Taylor's father and grandfather both suffered from genetic heart problems, according to Clayton. It was unclear what heart condition they were diagnosed with.

Clayton also confirmed the news of his brother's passing via his own TikTok account. He posted a video early Thursday morning in which he told fans that his brother died at around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

"This is still pretty new, I don't know what's gonna be happening in the near future," Clayton said. "But I thought I should get on TikTok and let everybody know."

@claydorm Rest in piece Bubba I love you ❤️ @wafffler69 ♬ original sound - Claydorm

He then asked fans to keep his brother's "legacy alive" and watch the videos he had posted because Taylor "loved making people happy."

Clayton started a GoFundMe page to help cover funeral costs and medical expenses. He explained that he was raising funds "mainly to help compensate" their mother, who had already paid for Taylor's cremation and other costs. He also hoped to help his mom get back on her feet during the "grieving process."

Taylor gained fame by posting videos of himself eating a ton of wild and nostalgic food across TikTok, YouTube and Instagram.

He would often place the food on top of a random VHS tape. He tried everything, from canned beef tripe and fried grasshoppers to a 1989 "Batman" cereal and Pup-Peroni, his pet's favorite snack.

@wafffler69 This is your sign to remember that you are worth it and you are good enough to be happy with yourself ❤️❤️ #1989 #batman #cereal #breakfast #food #foodtok ♬ original sound - wafffler69

He had accumulated 1.7 million followers on TikTok and 33.1 million likes across his content on the platform at the time of his death. He had been making videos for 16 years.

His last food video before his death included him dunking a giant-sized Froot Loop into a bowl of milk.

Fans and content creators took to social media to honor Waffler69 and express their condolences to his family.

"Rest in peace to an amazing creator and beautiful soul. Taylor, aka waffler69, was someone I watched for a long, long time on TikTok and has passed away suddenly according to close family. Damn this one hurts. Lost a good one," content creator @BlockchainBoyy wrote on Twitter, attaching a selfie of Taylor beaming at the camera.

Another user wrote, "You were one of the first people I ever followed on TikTok. I followed your dollar store series every day, refreshing and hoping to see a new video. Rest easy, Taylor."

"This one hurts, Waffler69 was one of my favorite accounts to follow. Just a funny dude [who does not give] a damn what people think about him and eating weird food for our entertainment. He seemed like such a genuine, funny, and caring guy. My condolences to his friends and family," a third user said.

TikTok has become a political punching bag for US conservatives who allege that the app can be circumvented for spying or propaganda by the Chinese Communist Party