On the morning of November 29, 2005, Joshua Ballard posted the following message to his MySpace:
- From: you BROKE my LIFE
- Date: Nov 29, 2005 11:14 AM
- Subject: do me a favore....
- Body: call the police.
- address: 27802 Abadejo, Mission Viejo, CA 92692.
- tell them to go down the hall to the bathroom.
- im soo sorry <3
According to the Orange County coroner's office Josh shot himself in the head fifteen minutes after posting the message.
Two days later, news of the suicide hit YTMND. Muzzleflash'sappears to have been the first, but cobalt's , created 15 minutes later, gained more attention and set the standards for the ensuing fad.
The fad typically sees YTMND fad characters posting suicide notes in the form of Ballard's, with the reason being explained in the style of Ballard's username (e.g. Darth Vader's) The text from cobalt's site, "And he really did commit suicide," is often used.
The music of choice for the fad is Simple Plan's "Untitled," which had already become of a mainstay of YTMNDs mocking emo or otherwise depressed people.
Initially, many were dubious that Ballard's suicide was not an online hoax. Several YTMNDs were created to point out that, although people were leaving mournful comments on Ballard's MySpace as early as November 30, he appeared to have logged in onand . A non-supernatural explanation has not presented itself, although it is certainly likely that Ballard's next of kin would have turned on his computer, and that his MySpace.com cookies did not expire when he did.
Ballard's MySpace account has since been taken over by a relative or friend to protect the site from vandalism and help those affected by suicide.
- MySpace Suicide YTMNDs
- Josh Ballard's MySpace
- The suicide note (it's either been locked or deleted)
- "They have MySpace in heaven, right?" The Phoenix, 3/28/2006