Frank Ocean's Brother Dies 'in Fiery Car Collision' Aged 18 | 22 Words

Heartbreaking news has emerged that hip hop star Frank Ocean's younger brother, Ryan Breaux, has tragically died aged eighteen.

Authorities have now spoken out following his death.

Frank Ocean's little brother has passed away.

He was just eighteen years old.

For those who don't know, older brother Frank Ocean burst onto the music scene nearly a decade ago.

The singer-songwriter - born Christopher Edwin Breaux - is a huge figure in the contemporary hip hop scene, going on to become one of the industry's rare unique creative forces.

Although, his career didn't begin with writing music for himself.

Ocean started out by ghostwriting music for famous stars. He has penned tracks for the likes of Justin Bieber and Beyoncé - so we're not talking mediocre talent here.

Things began to really ramp up when he joined the hip-hop collective, Odd Future, in 2008.

His work with Odd Future, and in particular with fellow hip-hop powerhouse, Tyler, The Creator, spurred on his own songwriting.

And it wasn't long before he hit the charts with his own music.

via: Odd Future

His breakout mixtape, nostalgia, ULTRA, achieved widespread critical acclaim.

He went against his record label at the time...

via: Getty Images

He released the tracks as a free download on his Tumblr site, without Def Jam’s knowledge - claiming that his move came because the label had not been supportive of his efforts after signing him.

The self-released mixtape put him on the path for a lucrative, chart-topping career.

And nostalgia, ULTRA was closely followed by the star's debut album, channel orange. 

By this point, he had begun to repair his relationship with Def Jam.

And the album was released under the label for download on iTunes on July 10, 2012. Sticking with tradition, Ocean also made the album available on his Tumblr site.

Within hours of its release...

via: Amazon

It shot to number 1 on the Top Albums chart, and most notably, went on to bag the 2013 Grammy Award for best urban contemporary album.

The album was met with near-universal critical acclaim.

And of course, we can't forget that it gave us the smash hit single "Thinkin' Bout You."

4 years after the landmark Channel orange, Ocean dropped Blond in 2016.

And, just as we all expected, it shot to the top of the charts.

In fact, it remains one of his most popular works.

And his chart-topping success has made him one of the hottest properties in music.

Most recently...

Ocean dropped singles “In My Room" and “DHL" in late 2019.

Today, however, some devastating news has surfaced.

Ocean's brother, Ryan Breaux, has passed away at just eighteen years old.

Reports say that the Ventura County Fire Department was called to an incident in the early hours on Sunday morning.

The team responded to a single-vehicle traffic collision at around 1:33 am.

When the authorities arrived on the scene, the car was said to be engulfed in flames.

And both Breaux and his friend were pronounced dead at the scene.

In a press release, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office revealed more details on the crash.

"The initial investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling south on Westlake Boulevard approaching Skelton Canyon Circle."

The statement continued:

"The vehicle appeared to leave the roadway and collide with a tree in the center median."

While the victims have been named on social media...

Authorities are yet to officially reveal their names.

As news of the tragedy spread...

Frank Ocean fans have been taking to social media to pay tribute to the teen.

The news came as a huge shock to everyone.

"Rip Ryan Breaux, you were so talented and funny, & you made my friends feel loved, and that means a lot. you gave out nothing but good energy. this s**t is heartbreaking."

Several of Breaux's friends have been paying tribute.

via: Instagram

Everyone has been left heartbroken by this tragic loss.

One friend remembered him as a "genuinely sweet soul."

And sent their condolences to his family.

Authorities are currently still investigating the cause of the crash.

Ocean is yet to comment on his brother's tragic death.

Rest in Peace, Ryan.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this unimaginable time. To read about other stars we've tragically lost this year, scroll on.