PEARLAND, Texas — Randy Gonzalez, the Pearland father of the Enkyboys duo who humored the world by creating TikTok videos with his charismatic son has died, his brother confirmed to KHOU 11.
Gonzalez had stage 4 colon cancer and had been in hospice care for the last week, David Gonzalez said. He passed away Wednesday at age 35.
Randy and his son Brice were definitely what you call viral sensations.
"He touched a lot of people," David said. "I know he was happy. He wanted to touch a lot of people. He told us what he was going to do and he did it."
The two got popular by posting videos of them mimicking scenes from movies and TV shows. They did a dang good job at it.
“I like making people laugh,” Brice said last year during an interview with KHOU 11. “It’s just my thing to do. It’s fun because I’m with my dad too."
The two were distant from social media after Randy found out he had cancer. He said he didn’t go public with the news until six months later.
Randy’s insurance couldn’t cover his chemo treatment so he turned to his TikTok family who helped him raise more than $250,000. Randy’s cancer, though, was aggressive.
His mother Beatrice said he was a fighter.
“At the end there it wasn’t Randy anymore," she said. "He just didn’t know what was going on. He lost all that weight. He was suffering a lot as well."
The EnkyBoyz garnered 15.7 million followers on TikTok and 1.5 million followers on Instagram.
Their popularity landed Brice a role in George Lopez’s sitcom Lopez vs Lopez.
Lopez paid tribute to Randy on his social media saying, “My sincerest condolences to Brice and the entire Gonzalez family. The love and the bond Randy had for his son and his family was undeniable, you can see it in every video. He will be missed, but never forgotten. My heart goes out to the entire family. Dios te bendiga.”
David said Brice is already taking on his dad's fighting spirit.
“Brice is ready. He said he wasn't going to let his dad down," David said. "He’s going to continue the Enkyboyz name and he’s going to continue to go and make his dad proud."
Randy will be laid to rest on Sunday at Oak Park Cemetary in Alvin. There will be a public viewing for those who want to say goodbye to Randy at the Rock of Power Church, located at 4118 Veterans Drive in Pearland, on Saturday.
EDITORS NOTE: Initially, the family said there would be a two-day public viewing on Friday and Saturday, but the family made some changes overnight and decided there would only be a public viewing held Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. There will be a viewing Friday only for the family.