In just two years, Reddy built an audience of more than 6 million subscribers on YouTube, where he uploaded videos of himself and his grandchildren cooking vast meals, which — along with the proceeds of the channel — went to feed local orphans and other underprivileged people living on the outskirts of Hyderabad, in southern Telangana state.
“You … live forever in our hearts,” the video said. Reddy died on October 27 but his family waited until after his funeral to inform his many followers.
Srikanth Reddy, the YouTube star’s grandnephew, told CNN that the idea for the channel came from Reddy cooking massive meals for his family.
“We used to have jobs in the city and would visit him during the holidays and he would always make big meals for us,” the younger Reddy said. “We then got the idea that we should do the same for the community.”
As the channel grew in popularity, he and other family members quit their jobs and began working on it full time.
“We will continue his work,” Srikanth Reddy said, adding that his great uncle was “always friendly and smiling,” and delighted in the positive reaction his videos received around the world.
“We would show him the comments and explain what they said,” he said. “He was very happy when saw them.”