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Lynn T. Davis (Yamada)

Also Known As: "Lynja"
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Death: January 01, 2024 (67)
Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States (Esophageal cancer)
Place of Burial: California, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Tadao Yamada and Mabel Yamada
Wife of Private
Mother of Sean Akira Davis and Private

Occupation: Celebrity chef, Youtuber, systems engineer
Managed by: Chance Amaya
Last Updated:
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About Lynja

Lynja was an American celebrity chef who was best known for her viral TikTok and YouTube Shorts videos. Praised for its quick-styled edits and references to internet memes, "Cooking with Lynja" accumulated over 10 million subscribers on YouTube and 19.6 million followers on TikTok as of January 2024.

Davis earned degrees from MIT and Columbia Business School. She worked at AT&T Labs for 29 years. Her interest in video-making flourished in 2020, when she was 63. Ever since her videos grew viral, she won three Streamy Awards.


Lynn Yamada Davis was known for her viral cooking videos on her TikTok channel, Cooking with Lynja. Davis began posting TikTok videos in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. She worked with her son, Tim Davis, to film her cooking tips and recipe ideas. His editing skills and her naturally funny and silly charm merged to create irresistible videos, beloved by the younger generation on TikTok. Millions watched Davis make pickle chips, cheesy ramen, cupcakes, and many other culinary creations.

Davis' son continued posting Cooking with Lynja videos after her death – they had made and edited several videos that had not yet been posted. Her son is also sharing some early videos they made years ago as she taught him how to cook.

Before her TikTok fame, Davis graduated from MIT with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and received postgraduate degrees from Columbia University. She worked as an engineer in telecommunications at Bell Labs, now AT&T Labs.

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Lynja's Timeline

July 31, 1956
New York City, New York, United States
February 8, 1993
Long Beach Township, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States
January 1, 2024
Age 67
Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States
California, United States