Frank Ocean’s Younger Brother, Ryan Breaux, Has Died at 18

Ryan Breaux, the younger brother of singer and songwriter Frank Ocean has reportedly passed away. Breaux died after a car accident over the weekend.

Frank Ocean in 2017
Frank Ocean in 2017 | ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Who was Ryan Breaux?

Breaux was the second son of Katonya Breaux. He and Ocean had a very close relationship. Ocean’s song, “Orion,” is widely thought to be about his brother.

The lyrics read:

“I remember when you were born/Ohhh, how happy I was/cause If it didn’t go as I planned it/At least you’d double my chances… But promise big bro one thing, That you won’t go wasting time/ won’t go wasting time/ (no) that you won’t go wasting time/ Won’t go wasting time/Don’t go wasting it.”

In a Billboard interview from 2017, Katonya also talked about the relationship between her sons. When asked if she was Ocean’s biggest fan, she told the publication, “I would definitely so—well, maybe Ryan. Ryan will put those songs on repeat 50 times a day. I would definitely say Ryan, and I’m number two.”

Breaux’s voice is also featured on “Futura Free” from Ocean’s album, blond.

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The circumstances of his death

ABC7 reported that two people died in a fiery car crash in Thousand Oaks, California. The news station reports that according to the early investigation, their car “appeared to leave the roadway and collide with a tree in the center median. The force of the crash caused the car to rip in half and was found by Ventura County sheriff’s deputies engulfed in flames.” Both people in the car were pronounced dead.

Several of Breaux’s friends have posted tributes to him on social media, mourning him and confirming his death. “I don’t even know what to say. Ryan u were one of the most incredible people I have ever known u gave me everything I could’ve ever wanted and I’m so grateful for all the memories we shared. I will love you always and forever,” wrote one friend.

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Another said, “Ry, I don’t think I’ll ever recover. I will love you forever. Always have and always will. I wish I answered that call the other night, I would have never hung up. I can’t imagine life without you. You impacted the world and your memory will last forever. Rest easy my angel.” The second person in the car has been confirmed as Breaux’s friend, Ezekial “Zeek” Bishop.

The crash is still being investigated. Our thoughts go out to Ocean and Bishop’s loved ones at this time.