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Utah youth advocate Collin Kartchner dies at 40

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Posted at 4:06 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 18:55:40-04

SALT LAKE CITY — 40-year-old youth advocate and motivational speaker Collin Kartchner died unexpectedly Tuesday surrounded by his family.

In an Instagram post, Kartchner's wife Elizabeth said, "My whole world is gone - There is no god - We’ve never known such pain - He peacefully passed away unexpectedly due to natural causes in his beautiful body that we are unclear of yet."

According to his website, Kartchner has raised over $400,000 for those impacted by natural disasters including victims of Hurricane Maria.

He also raised over $30,000 for three Utah children who were fighting cancer.

In April 2018, Kartchner began a campaign to bring awareness to the negative effects that screen time and social media can have on the mental and emotional health of children.

He spoke to over 500,000 people and was invited to speak at TEDxSaltLakeCity, Nike and Adidas. Katchner also spoke with many local news outlets including FOX13 about what he and many others considered a "public health crisis."

Kartchner leaves behind his wife Elizabeth and their four children: Avery, Quincey, Lola and Myles.

A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help ease the financial burden of the Kartchner family.