TikTok Star Gabriel Salazar Dies in Car Crash Aged 19 After Police Chase

TikTok star Gabriel Salazar has died in a fiery car crash at the age of 19 following a police chase in Texas, according to local authorities.

In a Facebook post, the Zavala County Sheriff's Office (ZCSO) shared details of the events that led to the fatal crash that happened at around 1:25 a.m. on Sunday.

Sharing an image of the fiery crash scene, a representative of the ZCSO wrote: "On Sunday September 26, 2021 at approximately 1:20am ZCSO deputy overheard a Crystal City Police Department officer initiate a traffic stop on US Highway 83 at the intersection of FM3292.

"CCPD officer advised he was in an active pursuit with a white Chevy Camaro that was traveling north on Highway 83 towards La Pryor. ZCSO deputy assisted with deploying a tire deflation device but was unsuccessful.

"ZCSO deputy stated that he later heard CCPD officer advise that the vehicle had rolled over and that it was fully engulfed in flames. 4 individuals were pronounced dead at the scene. Texas Department of Public Safety is in charge of the investigation."

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Authorities told People that Salazar's vehicle hit several trees, before rolling over and catching fire—with all four occupants of the car subsequently pronounced dead at the scene.

The other passengers have been identified as 41-year-old Jose Luis Jimenez-Mora, 23-year-old Jose Molina-Lara, and 36-year-old Sergio Espinoza-Flores, People cited authorities as saying.

San Antonio-based Salazar was hugely popular on TikTok, gaining more than 1 million followers on his account gabenotbabe with his skits and lip-syncing posts. That count increased to more than 2.2 million followers in the days since his death.

In his final post on Instagram on Saturday, where his follower count sits at more than 800,000, Salazar was shown posing in front of a white car.

Following the social media star's death, a GoFundMe account was set up to cover funeral expenses, among other costs. At press time, the $25,000 goal had been surpassed with $38,170 raised.

"Gabriel loved his family and was always horsing around with her sister and little brother," reads a statement from the GoFundMe page's organizer Chris Vazquez. "He was always there with a big hug and smile, and his family will never forget those warm moments.

"He was so funny with a quiet sense of humor and sarcasm. I cannot believe that I am sitting here writing this. How is this real life?

"Words cannot express the heartbreak our entire community is feeling from the loss of our Gabriel. Your family and friends miss you."

Salazar's sister shared a slideshow of memories on Instagram, showing happier times with her brother from early childhood onwards.

Captioning the touching post, she wrote in Spanish: "I love you so much Gabriel. you were so perfect. I will never forget you, take care of us from heaven my beautiful child. always in my heart September 26, 2021."

His friend, Ricky Flores, also took to Instagram to share a series of tributes, writing in one post: "Rest easy brother. words can't even explain how i feel right now. man i would do anything to get you back right now bro. LONG LIVE GABE."

According to Gabriel Salazar's sister, his funeral took place in San Antonio on Wednesday.

TikTok star Gabriel Salazar
TikTok star Gabriel Salazar died aged 19 in a fiery car crash in Zavala County, Texas, following a police chase on Sunday, according to local authorities. Gabriel Salazar/Instagram