What does happen to a YouTube channel when its creator passes away?

These two local YouTube stars died within weeks of each other, leaving many of their millions of loyal subscribers clinging to the years of content that they had passionately put up. “This is no longer a channel,” a comment read in the final video Emman Nimedez had uploaded. “This is a museum of a great person.”

The internet is mourning a tragic loss, as beloved YouTube and Facebook personality, Lloyd Cafe Cadena, passed away at 26 years old, according to Today. The Filipino vlogger and social media star, who had more than 5.3 million Youtube subscribers and 6.8 million followers on Facebook upon his passing, brought joy to countless fans with his upbeat lifestyle videos since he began posting on YouTube in 2011. The loss was announced by his family on Facebook on Sep. 4, 2020, who did not share the cause of death.

But the question is: Will this “museum” ever close? Will the videos be deleted some time in the future, given the channel’s inactivity? What does happen to a YouTube channel when its creator passes away?

This has happened before. The first and most obvious effect is that the channel stops posting videos suddenly with no explanation. If anybody close to the YouTuber has/recieves the password, or is able to get into the account through other means, then they will likely make a video anouncing the YouTuber’s death, along with an apology.

Some comment say's when nobody can get into the account, then the account basically freezes in place. YouTube keeps paying adsense money until the videos stop profitting, unless the bank account is closed. Somebody close to the YouTuber will make an anouncement on either their own channel or on social media, regretfully informing everyone of the YouTuber’s death.

And according to Google, there are two options regarding a deceased user’s account.

Google will abide by the creator’s plans for it, provided they had mapped one up using their “inactive account manager” feature. This is the “best way for you to let us know who should have access to your information, and whether you want your account to be deleted,” Google said.

The other is to have a family or a trusted representative “make a request for a deceased person's account.”

Google wrote about this option: “We recognize that many people pass away without leaving clear instructions about how to manage their online accounts.

“We can work with immediate family members and representatives to close the account of a deceased person where appropriate. In certain circumstances we may provide content from a deceased user's account.

“In all of these cases, our primary responsibility is to keep people's information secure, safe, and private.

“We cannot provide passwords or other login details. Any decision to satisfy a request about a deceased user will be made only after a careful review.”

Three requests can be made: Close the account of a deceased user, submit a request for funds from a deceased user's account, and obtain data from a deceased user's account.

Nimedez passed away last August 16, after a battle with acute myeloid leukemia, while Cadena died this Friday. It remains unclear how the latter died, but its suddenness prompted an outpouring of tributes and calls to support his mother, given how Cadena has yet to pay for their new house.

The house was what Lloyd Cafe Cadena really wanted to give his mother, who was an overseas Filipino worker, as a retirement gift. Prior, they had lived in the slums.

The Santa Monica–Lawton Bridge

The Santa Monica–Lawton Bridge, also known as the Bonifacio Global City–Ortigas Link Bridge, is four-lane, two-way bridge currently under construction across the Pasig River in the National Capital Region of the Philippines. It will connect Lawton Avenue in Makati to Sta. Monica Street in Kapitolyo, Pasig.

Those who constantly travel to and from the Ortigas Business District in Pasig and Bonifacio Global City might soon spend a lot less time stuck in traffic.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) says that the government’s BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project will “do wonders to help decongest traffic in Metro Manila.” The structure is pegged to cost P1.6 billion to build, and will span a total of 961 meters.

The groundbreaking ceremony on the project took place last July 19, 2017, marking the official start of construction.

Construction first started in July 2017, and the project’s target completion date is June 2020.

Once the BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road Project completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) says it will serve as an alternate route for motorists looking to travel from Pasig to Taguig and vice versa. The four-lane bridge is expected to serve as a major alternate route for motorists traveling from Pasig (via Kapitolyo) to Taguig and vice versa.

Part of the 961-meters BGC-Ortigas Center Link Road, the current pace of works at the 613-meters Sta. Monica to Lawton Bridge which would cross Pasig River from Lawton Avenue, Makati City to Sta. Monica in Pasig City was witnessed by DPWH Undersecretary for Technical Services and UPMO Operations Emil K. Sadain in an inspection on Holy Wednesday, April 17, 2019 with Project Engineers Ricarte Mañalac and Emmanuel Regodon of DPWH UPMO RMC 1, Project Manager Nonito Mercado of Persan Construction, and Project Manager Eric Ruiz and Resident Engineer Rodolfo Villafuerte of DCCD Engineering Corporation.

According to a 2018 report by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), cited in CNN Philippines, the Philippines loses about ₱3.5 billion a day because of traffic. By 2035, it can increase to ₱5.4 billion if there will be no effective intervention. JICA mentioned that infrastructure building is key to decongesting Manila roads. It may worsen the current traffic due to construction, but it yields positive returns in the long run.

Along with the support for ‘Build, Build, Build’, the government’s ambitious infrastructure development program, JICA pointed out the need for efficient transport systems and more property developments outside the metro to ease traffic woes.

Who is Julia Vargas?

Julia Vargas de Ortigas was the matriarch of the Ortigas family and the one responsible for the establishment of the Quezon Institute, the hospital arm of the Philippine Tuberculosis Society (PTS).

She was one of the few who worked hard for the passage of the original Sweepstakes Law which provided for the establishment of a lottery in the country that made the PTS as the first beneficiary and the proceeds also helped build the Quezon Institute and expanded the society's services in the provinces.

She also volunteered and became a member of the Board of Directors of the PTS and was soon after elected as president, a position she occupied until her death in 1968.

The society flourished during her presidency. In Quezon Institute, the bed capacity of 150 in 1960 increased to 1, 350 in 1969 and 20 units of the society became active including the Quezon Institute, Manila Central Dispensary, Quezon Institute Extension Service at the Philippine General Hospital and 17 provincial branches.

She was able to establish volunteer services and because of her efforts, the country's mortality rate from TB decreased by 31 percent in 21 years: from 35,355 deaths in 1939 to 24,194 in 1960.

Aside from being a crusader against TB, she was also involved in numerous civic and social organizations like the National Federation of Women's Clubs, Club de Damas Filipinas, Women’s International League, and League of Women Voters.

Today, the Quezon Institute is considered one of the best TB laboratories in the country with its Central Laboratory, which is capable of performing TB culture and sensitivity testing. It was renovated by Medico del Mundo of Spain in 2003.

The Julia Vargas Avenue

Julia Vargas Avenue originates at an intersection with C-5 Road, also known locally as E. Rodriguez, Jr. Avenue, where SM Center Pasig is located. It heads west across Valle Verde passing the Silver City Auto Mall and Valle Verde 5 and 2 Village gates. Between the next intersection at Lanuza Avenue and City Golf, Vargas serves as the boundary between Valle Verde 3 and 4 villages. It passes the Ortigas Home Depot, a Sitel call center building, and a row of bars on the northern side before it comes to an intersection with Meralco Avenue. West of Meralco, the avenue officially enters the Ortigas Center business district. It crosses beneath the Meralco flyover and passes the office towers of San Antonio, Pasig toward the border with Wack-Wack Greenhills, Mandaluyong at the intersection with ADB Avenue and San Miguel Avenue where El Pueblo Real de Manila strip mall is located. From ADB and San Miguel to its western terminus at EDSA, Vargas is one-way westbound only. Here, at the western edge of Ortigas Center, is St. Francis Square Mall, San Miguel Corporation Headquarters and SM Megamall where the avenue ends just past the mall tunnel.

Julia Vargas Avenue is the central east-west artery through Ortigas Center in Metro Manila, Philippines. It is a six-lane divided avenue that runs parallel to Ortigas Avenue to the north and Shaw Boulevard to the south. The avenue stretches 2.3 kilometers (1.4 mile) from C-5 Road in Ugong, Pasig in the east to Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Wack-Wack Greenhills, Mandaluyong in the west. It was named for philanthropist Doña Julia Vargas y Camus vda. de Ortigas, wife of Ortigas & Company Limited Partnership founder Don Francisco Ortigas y Barcinas who owned the Hacienda de Mandaloyon estate on which Ortigas Center was built.


  • Antel Global Corporate Centre
  • BPI Julia Vargas
  • City Golf
  • El Pueblo Real de Manila
  • One Corporate Center
  • Ortigas Home Depot
  • San Miguel Corporation Headquarters
  • St. Francis Square Mall
  • Silver City Auto Mall
  • Sitel
  • SM Center Pasig
  • SM Megamall
  • Taipan Place
  • The Currency (u/c)
  • The Podium
  • Valle Verde

Apat Dapat

For those who are not familiar with the area, Julia Vargas Avenue is only a three lane road. The outer most lane partially being a bicycle lane as well. Meanwhile, the inner most lane caters to those drivers turning left at intersections. Currently, the designated carpool lane will be the second (middle) one. That begs the question as to which lane drivers without the minium required passengers will use.

Further causing confusion (and anger) is the City's ruling on intersection behavior. In this new scheme, motorists turning coming from Ortigas Center turning left into Lanuza Avenue are advised to merge at least 60 meters before the corner. As for those coming from C-5, there are advised to do the same when turning right. If you are coming from Lanuza Avenue, you may temporarily drive on the carpool lane, but only within 60 meters, as advised by the Pasig Command Center. The same applies if you are coming from Molave Street in Valle Verde.

While the MMDA may have scrapped the carpool/HOV lane scheme in EDSA, other local government units seem to have picked up the idea for use on heavily congested roads. To be specific, Pasig City officials appears to be enforcing a new carpool lane along the 2.3-km stretch of Julia Varagas Avenue.

Unlike the HOV/Car Pool lane implementation on EDSA which only required at least two passenger, the one being implemented on Julia Varagas requires a miniumum of four people in the vehicle. Implementation of the new car pool lane is expected to be rolled out on February 28. However, local government officials have already placed road signs to make motorists aware of the impending carpool lane.

Pasig Command Center calls this 'traffic reduction scheme' as 'Apat Dapat'. As the name implies, there should be at least four occupants in a vehicle to be able to use the carpool lane on the already narrow corridor. That means everyone else will have to squeeze themselves in the left lane. While traffic reduction schemes are worth lauding, social media commenters are saying that Julia Vargas is far too narrow to have a carpooling lane.

To avoid all confusion, it is advised to stick to the left lane if you have less than four on board and wait in a line that is likely to span over a kilometer. Better yet, avoid travel though the avenue unless you absolutely have to or live in Valle Verde. If there is a silver lining to all this, the City is experimenting it meaning it may be scrapped eventually.