Aziz died suddenly on August 5th, 2011 at age 22. He was found in a sauna in Bangkok, Thailand. His autopsy revealed that he had suffered from an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. Reflecting his online popularity, news of his death appeared on several Australian news sites including The Telegraph Australia  , 9News  , and the Sydney Morning Herald  , as well as  and 4chan.  On August 22nd, The Daily Telegraph  writer Katherine Danks revealed that she was harassed on Twitter for covering Zyzz’s death. Following Zyzz’s death, his brother Said Shavershian (. “Chestbrah”) served as his replacement in the National Road Trip reality show.
Khrushchev was highly successful at the Rutchenkovo mine, and in mid-1922 he was offered the directorship of the nearby Pastukhov mine. However, he refused the offer, seeking to be assigned to the newly established technical college ( tekhnikum ) in Yuzovka, though his superiors were reluctant to let him go. As he had only four years of formal schooling, he applied to the training program ( rabfak ) attached to the tekhnikum that was designed to bring undereducated students to high-school level, a prerequisite for entry into the tekhnikum .  While enrolled in the rabfak , Khrushchev continued his work at the Rutchenkovo mine.  One of his teachers later described him as a poor student.  He was more successful in advancing in the Communist Party ; soon after his admission to the rabfak in August 1922, he was appointed party secretary of the entire tekhnikum , and became a member of the bureau—the governing council—of the party committee for the town of Yuzovka (renamed Stalino in 1924). He briefly joined supporters of Leon Trotsky against those of Joseph Stalin over the question of party democracy.  All of these activities left him with little time for his schoolwork, and while he later claimed to have finished his rabfak studies, it is unclear whether this was true.