“We are saddened by the news of Adam Perkins passing,” tweeted the Texas-based restaurant group Wednesday of the Boston-born influencer’s death. “He brought laughter to so many of us and will always be remembered and cherished. Rest In Peace, Adam.”
His family soon discovered that not all social-media presences would be so respectful.
Unfortunately, while the majority of fans posted respectful homages, others repeatedly pestered Patrick about about how Adam had passed away.
The late viral video star’s protective sibling was quick to shut down prying posters. “Think I need to take this opportunity to explain something to you: If the cause of death is not released, there is a reason,” he wrote to his 64,700 followers on the ‘Gram.
Patrick added, “There is intention in every part of this. Please respect both of us by not asking that question … not sure how it’s not obvious that I didn’t say for a reason. Everything in this is intentional. Please respect that.”
He was best known for the “Welcome to Chili’s” sketch…
Adam first garnered online attention with the aforementioned “Welcome to Chili’s” skit in 2015 on the now-defunct Vine platform, in which he shouts the restaurant chain’s iconic tagline while in his boxers.
The viral clip amassed over 20 million loops in one year and spawned multiple parodies and remixes.
He went on to create a series of humorous videos on the video-sharing app and popularized the hashtag #whiteteen.
Before Vine went belly up, Perkins had amassed 290,000 followers.
A talented musician as well, the polyglot graduated from NYU with a degree in musical composition and dropped his first album, “Latch Relay,” in 2018 under the name Plas Teg.