Adam Perkins, known for 'Welcome to Chili's' Vine, dies aged 24
His twin brother has said that he has lost his "best friend"
Viral Vine star Adam Perkins, best known for his "Welcome to Chilis" video, has died at the age of 24. His twin brother Patrick Perkins confirmed the news in a post on Instagram.
In the post, Patrick wrote: “I can’t even really put into words what this loss means for me. i’m often asked the question, ‘what’s it like to be a twin?’ and my response is usually, ‘what’s it like to NOT be a twin?’ Being a twin is a very central part of my identity.
“It’s all I’ve known. and I’m struggling to find the words to explain what it will be like for me to live in this world without him. my best friend.”
No cause of death has been revealed yet.
Tributes have poured in from fans and other Vine creators since the news was announced. One user commented on the post that the news was "devastating" and that Adam had been "a powerful influence on my life," and many have taken to Twitter to post tributes to Perkins.
rest in peace adam perkins. you brought so much comfort and laughter to so many people. we’ll never forget you legend. sending love to his family especially his brother patrick. 1997-forever <3 pic.twitter.com/UqfbcNZMaK
— steph ☾ (@milfsapphics) April 14, 2021
Just found out that Adam Perkins passed away on Sunday... Rest In Peace ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Na1chz2gfO
— harbor day music (@harbor_day) April 13, 2021
Fellow Vine star Rickey Thompson commented on Patrick's post with a crying emoji, and Perkin's ex-boyfriend paid tribute to the 24-year old on Instagram, writing: “This past weekend my forever best friend and ex-boyfriend passed, and I’ve been devastated.
“We spent almost every day and night in 2020 and 2021 together in our little home until I temporarily relocated to Oregon. We were there for each other during the hardest year of our lives.
“I could and have talked about him for hours, but I’m just saying one thing right now: Me and him discussed how we’d want to be remembered after we died, and he said he’d like to be remembered for his art, his music.”
Adam went viral on Vine in 2015 after he posted a video mocking the adverts for the American restaurant chain Chili's. The clip gathered more than 20 million views in a year.
His brother has now thanked fans on social media for the tributes, saying: “In this time of mourning, I am comforted to know how many people he touched. The kindest human I know.”
He will also release Adam's album 'Latch Relay' on vinyl in honor of his twin, and has asked that fans honor his legacy by listening to the album.