We’re sorry to hear today that Charlie Green, the cantankerous, unfiltered Summerville man known on YouTube by millions of followers as Angry Grandpa, has died.
In a video posted yesterday, Angry Grandpa’s son Michael Green, known as Pickleboy and Kid Behind a Camera, posted a tearful video breaking the news of his father’s passing. After overcoming a bout with cancer last year, Michael said, Angry Grandpa was diagnosed with cirrhosis this year and passed away on Sunday. He was 67.
[embed-3] Early videos of the man who would become known as Angry Grandpa and his son pranking each other were a first a hit on sites like Break.com and OG online communities like eBaumsWorld. Today, Angry Grandpa’s YouTube channel has amassed some 3.4 million followers, viewers AGP referred to as his “Young’uns.” This afternoon, Sunday’s announcement video was #2 on YouTube’s trending list.
In a 2013 cover story, then-CP staff writer Paul Bowers visited Angry Grandpa at his North Area trailer park home, wondering if the family’s online antics were rooted in reality or just a put-on.
It may well be that Charlie Green is a cunning practitioner of modern-day redneck minstrelsy, cursing and spluttering and wrecking his trailer for all the wired world to see — and laughing all the way to the bank. Maybe his rage is real. Or maybe he’s like a pro wrestler, ever playing the heel and making his anger pay.
“I’m pretty sure, even in your life, things have happened that you’d like to say, ‘Yaaaaaaggghhh!'” Green says. “But you don’t do it, because the society that you’re in, that’s not OK. But see, I don’t live in that kind of a world. I live in a world where everything’s real. Problems are real. And I react real.”
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