Brandon Moore, Aka Young Busco, “What Are Those” Meme Creator Has Died

Our thoughts are with the comedian's family and friends.

Internet comedian Young Busco, most famous for the “What Are Those” meme, has unfortunately passed away at age 31. This Vine gone viral shot Brandon Moore aka Young Busco into instant internet stardom. The Berkeley, California native shot the famed video, of him mocking a cop’s boots, recording his friend Myesha getting arrested after a public intoxication incident.

Young Busco later told the Huffington Post: “I feel good I created something that’ll be with the world forever, but then I feel bad because I didn’t handle my business part correctly. I would’ve put my watermark on the video. I would’ve put my face on the video when I did it. I would’ve copyrighted it. I would’ve done a whole lot of s— different… I didn’t expect for it to do all of that. I didn’t know it was gonna do all that. So I didn’t know. It took off right underneath my feet.”

The clip went so viral that in August 2015, NBA legend Michael Jordan fell victim to the meme at his Flight School summer camp. The line was even incorporated into Marvel’s 2018 film Black Panther.

However, just months after his meme took off, Busco found himself in jail, arrested on a probation violation and a narcotics charge. The father-of-five told Complex that he was ready to clean up his act: “My drug problem made it impossible for me to be an active father in my kids’ life. I struggled for years. My grandma died last year, and that’s when I realized that I needed to make a change. I stopped using drugs and became active with my kids.”

He also began posting more comedic videos, gaining a following of over 50K on instagram. He told the Huffington post that he was planning to release a DVD and was running a nonprofit catering business called Busco Bussdown.

The cause of death had not yet been confirmed, though MTO News reported that he died in his sleep

Busco’s mother, Valerie Cooper, confirmed the tragic news on Facebook yesterday, writing in a post, “My only child…. My faith will not falter!!!! Lord be my peace. I cant believe that the earth is still moving when I feel as though my world has stopped…..Lord be my peace…..”

Busco’s son also wrote that he was the ‘best dad’ he could have wished for. Those of us at What’s Trending are sending love to his family and friends. For more stories like follow us on Twitter at @WhatsTrending.