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Keem on Cold Ones in 2020
Born (1982-03-08) March 8, 1982 (age 38)
YouTube information
Also known as
  • Killer Keemstar
  • DJ Keemstar[1]
Years active2009–present
Subscribers5.5 million
Total views1.3 billion
Associated acts
  • Scarce
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Updated: September 8, 2019

Daniel Keem (born March 8, 1982),[1] better known by his online alias Keemstar, is an American YouTuber and streamer.[2] He is best known for producing video content for his YouTube channel, DramaAlert.



Keem's first appearance on YouTube was in a Halo 3 YouTube video from 2009, where he was recorded through the online multiplayer voice-chat.[3] His first YouTube channel, 'xDJKEEMSTAR', was created in 2009, and dedicated to reporting on news within the YouTube community. In June 2014, he registered the channel 'DramaAlert'. Keem often offers his own opinions on subjects he reports on.[4][5][6]


In 2008, during an argument with a moderator named Alex on the website, Keem encouraged his viewers to type "Alex is a stupid nigger" in the stream's chat; he later apologized for using the racist slur.[7]

In January 2016, Keem posted a tweet directed at TotalBiscuit, a YouTuber who had recently been diagnosed with terminal cancer, saying that he couldn't wait to report on his death.[8] Keem later apologized for the tweet.[7]

In January 2019, YouTuber Jake Paul accused Keem of body-shaming Paul's then-girlfriend, Erika Costell, after Keem made a tweet comparing her body to Eugenia Cooney, a YouTuber with an eating disorder.[9][10]

In June 2019, after YouTuber Etika committed suicide, several Twitter users blamed Keem for 'egging on' the YouTuber, with much of the criticism founded in an interview earlier that year where Keem said "If you really think about it, then why live? Just jump off a cliff. If it’s just a simulation, who cares?" in response to Etika talking about how he believed he lived in a simulation.[11][12] Etika also mentioned Keem in his last video titled "I'm sorry", saying, "Keemstar, I wish you the best my nigga".[13] Keem refuted these claims in a series of Tweets, claiming people were using him as a scapegoat and that nobody was talking about tweets in which he was concerned for him. He went on to say that he thought Etika's mental health issues were a publicity stunt, due to him seeming fine and wanting to guest star on DramaAlert.[14][15] Etika's mother allegedly defended Keem by texting him afterwards, stating he wasn't to blame for Etika's suicide and that he loved Keem and his show.[16][17]

In May 2020, YouTuber Ethan Klein released a video exposé about Keemstar, which resulted in G Fuel ending their sponsorship with him.[18]

Personal life

Daniel Keem was born on March 8, 1982 in Buffalo, New York. He has one brother and one sister.[1]

Keem has a young daughter named Mia.[1] Keem has shown support for Donald Trump in numerous tweets.[19]


  1. ^ a b c d Team, The G. FUEL. "Keemstar Net Worth, Height, & Daughter". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  2. ^ "Keemstar Mixer account creation hints at him leaving Twitch". GameRevolution. August 12, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  3. ^ "Who Is Keemstar And What Is He Doing To YouTube?". We The Unicorns. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "A Popular Gamer Threw Her Cat Live On Twitch, Sparking A Very Messy Drama". BuzzFeed News. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Alexander, Julia (February 20, 2019). "YouTubers fear looming 'adpocalypse' after child exploitation controversy". The Verge. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  6. ^ EST, Steven Asarch On 2/20/19 at 3:32 PM (February 20, 2019). "As waves of advertisers leave YouTube, content creators worry about a second Adpocalypse". Newsweek. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Lorenz, Taylor (January 18, 2018). "How DramaAlert Became the TMZ of YouTube". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  8. ^ "TotalBiscuit-Keemstar Feud: YouTuber Reacts To John Bain's Death On Twitter". International Business Times. May 25, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  9. ^ "Jake Paul bashes KEEMSTAR for "body shaming" Erika Costell". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "Jake Paul calls YouTuber Keemstar a 'piece of trash' for 'body-shaming' Erika Costell". The Daily Dot. January 16, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  11. ^ organic (June 27, 2019). "Keemstar the Grifter: Etika's Suicide and the Perils of YouTube Drama". Popdust. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  12. ^ Ball, Without A. Crystal (June 26, 2019). "YouTuber Keemstar Suggested Suicide to Etika Months Before Death". Without A Crystal Ball. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  13. ^ Selk, Avi (June 25, 2019). "YouTuber Etika found dead in East River, following a series of erratic videos and police confrontations". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on June 26, 2019. Retrieved September 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "KEEMSTAR refutes claims blaming him for Etika's mental state in emotional video". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  15. ^ "KEEMSTAR hits back against accusations of worsening Etika's mental health - "Go f**k yourself"". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  16. ^ "Etika's mom defends Keemstar, says YouTuber isn't to blame for suicide". The Daily Dot. July 1, 2019. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  17. ^ "Etika's mother defends KEEMSTAR amid accusations he contributed to her son's death". Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  18. ^ Tenbarge, Kat (May 20, 2020). "Energy drink company G Fuel no longer sponsors internet drama reporter Keemstar after claims that he exploited a YouTuber who died by suicide". Business Insider. Retrieved May 20, 2020.
  19. ^ "YouTube gossip king Keemstar praises Trump, attacks Democrats, divides fans". The Daily Dot. November 7, 2018. Retrieved September 2, 2019.

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