Mass Appeal released a documentary about Young King David back in October 2017. In the film, YKD revealed that he started smoking weed at the tender age of 12 when someone offered him and his brother a joint.
YKD went on to say that he had encountered some rough times growing up in Middleton, NJ. He said he had gotten into a bunch of fights and had been cut with a knife before. YKD noted that everyone in Middleton “respects” him and those who don’t “get beat the f**k up.”
Young King Dave is credited as the inventor of the word “Doink,” which is a nickname for a large joint. He became a viral internet sensation in 2016 after a video in which he tried to find someone to smoke weed with him went viral.
In January 2017, in another video that went viral, YKD said, “It’s f**kin nice out! Who’s down to chill and smoke some loud, feel me? I got loud. Hit my line!”
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Chris Clemenza told Motherboard that it was a running joke that YKD didn’t understand why people loved his videos so much, but Clemenza said YKD always wanted to be famous and make people laugh.
I am with David right now and he says he doesn’t know why y’all like that shit pic.twitter.com/pbNZGGdAVt
— Marisa??? (@marisaallison24) July 29, 2017
“He said he knew it would happen, his whole life,” Clemenza said. “I grew up with him so I know he was always trying to rap and do the same things he was doing before he was famous.”
As for his legacy, Clemenza jokingly said, “They’re gonna remember him for doinks! He knew how to make everyone laugh and make their day better no matter what it was… He was always so happy and filled with joy, he just knew how to make me laugh.”
In September 2017, AV Club ran a feature about YKD with the headline, “God bless this big, weed-loving boy.” The piece highlighted Dave’s chill social media presence and a recent visit to Amish country:
— bobby (@bobby) September 5, 2017
“May he never change, and his doinks burn slow,” the AV Club article concluded.
His last video on Instagram was posted on exactly two months ago on March 17th. The caption read: “PSA #1 :You ever smoke some doink and then get crazy cottonmouth !?”
Like most viral internet sensations, Young King Dave was trying to parlay his social media fame into a music career.
The Motherboard article announcing his passing noted that he was “pursuing a rap career” and had “made music with his friends.”
YKD’s SoundCloud page is here. In January, he tweeted, “Music promoters. HIT ME UP.”
Music promoters. HIT ME UP.
— youngkingdave (@_youngkingdave) January 4, 2018
Back in 2015, long before he became a viral internet star, WorldStarHipHop featured him a short video meme.
— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) November 29, 2015
@WORLDSTAR that’s me lmaoo
— youngkingdave (@_youngkingdave) November 29, 2015
In March 2018, he released a music video for a new song called “Taking Dabs.” Last year, he dropped a video for “Mask Off DoinkMix,” a remix to Future’s hit single “Mask Off.”
Young King Dave’s family has set up a GoFundMe page to help the Nixon family with funeral expenses.
A man named Jonathan Nixon started the page. He wrote:
“David James, A.K.A YKD, passed away May 17th, 2018. We are deeply saddened by this loss and he will be greatly missed. He was a very special person with a big heart and a great sense of humor. We remember all the good times and how he made us smile and are very grateful for all the prayers and well wishes of friends and family. All proceeds will go to his funeral expense and David’s favorite charity, Make a Wish Foundation.”
At the time of writing this article, the page had raised nearly $ 6,000 of its $ 10,000 goal by almost 300 people in 10 hours.
As news of Young King Dave’s untimely death spread, a number of social media users paid tribute by writing, “RIP Young Dave,” which became a trending topic early Thursday.
Take a look at some of the messages below:
damn bruh rip young king dave, i know he off all the jeebie weebies mcskunk skunk and that he also smoking hella doinks in amish rn a true crusader, gone 2 soon
— an absolutely absurd amount of gang shit (@LILHOMEINVASI0N) May 17, 2018
We smoking big doinks all day. RIP Young King Dave pic.twitter.com/kOheD5dEyi
— All Def Digital (@AllDefDigital) May 17, 2018
Internet star Young King Dave has passed away. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to his family and friends ? @_youngkingdave pic.twitter.com/hJ6IPGJzUW
— WORLDSTARHIPHOP (@WORLDSTAR) May 17, 2018
sad about young king dave passing. you smokin big doinks in heaven now my man. RIP pic.twitter.com/cN4eO1j71A
— ? ??? (@eric_robinson) May 17, 2018
RIP Young King Dave. You brought joy to many folks. Hope you’re in a better place where you can smoke big ol’ doinks as much as you’d like pic.twitter.com/YAm6rj0emm
— Yuudai @ Aqours Beyond the Pacific! (@augerbug) May 17, 2018
RIP Young King Dave. damn this death hit me hard. where it all started. pic.twitter.com/YGP2zH4eoi
— jac ques (@TeeHaitchGee) May 17, 2018
Young King Dave: It’s fucking nice out. Where am I? Amish?
Peter: Dave, you are in heaven now.
Young King Dave: Gang
— Danw (@__danw) May 17, 2018
#RIP big doinks guy AKA young king dave ???? pic.twitter.com/gbgkAMOqAF
— JP ?? (@Guyosay) May 17, 2018
Smoke a doink for the fallen homie
Rest easy young king DAVE
— THE GREY GORILLA (@RAMIREZ_187) May 17, 2018
We lost a legend today…
RIP Young King Dave ? pic.twitter.com/ILB4yZJuTs
— ELEVATOR (@ELEVATOR_) May 17, 2018
make sure to assembe a doink for young king dave today 🙁 #RIP
it will always be fuckin nice out up there buddy. pic.twitter.com/hiDIDphOIL
— . (@bigcontentguy) May 17, 2018
Fuck man I usually don’t get bothered by celebrity deaths but this one hit me really hard. R.I.P. Young King Dave. Hopefully we’ll all smoke some big doinks up in the sky one day. pic.twitter.com/jfF9eOrhmc
— T (@1Fluffynation) May 17, 2018
young king dave passed away and it will never be nice out ever again
— vince (@ahhvince) May 17, 2018
RIP YOUNG KING DAVE. WE SMOKIN REALLY BIG DOINKS FOR U TODAY BRO!!!
— ROCK$ TAR FAMOU$ May 31st (@lilaaron911) May 17, 2018
RIP Young King Dave. ?
— Nick Colletti (@nick_colletti) May 17, 2018
RIP Young King Dave! Legends never die! #RIPYoungKingDave pic.twitter.com/rDYIuZL4Fp
— beckham (@Beckham_Rogers) May 17, 2018
RIP @_youngkingdave one of our best members all time. RoT will mourn the loss of this legend. pic.twitter.com/HM4zNEXR2X
— i2eally (@RoT_i2eally) May 17, 2018
RIP in piece @_youngkingdave we smokin big doinks in your memory ?????? pic.twitter.com/4ZbxGJnm9I
— 842 Ski Acres Drive (@goondrinker842) May 17, 2018
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