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DAVIDSON, N.C. — Nash Grier, the Davidson 16-year-old known for being the most followed person on Vine with 8.7 million followers, has issued an apology after a deleted video of him using a homophobic slur surfaced recently and sparked controversy.

Grier originally posted the video back in April but promptly removed it. However, it was recorded and re-posted to Vine by user Munera on April 11.

The video starts with a clip from an HIV commercial and ends with Grier screaming a homophobic slur. Tyler Oakley, a fellow Internet personality, found the video and tweeted about it on Sunday morning.

Grier tweeted an apology for the video within an hour of Oakley’s tweet.

Editor’s note: The video contains a homophobic slur. Viewer discretion advised.