(Photo via CoverGirl)
Talia Joy Castellano, the teen who inspired millions with her heartwarming YouTube beauty tutorials, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. She was 13 years old.
Her family broke the news to her adoring fanbase on July 16th via Twitter:
#prayfortalia It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am. Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time. God speed little one, may you be free from pain and suffering, may your soul feel the light and love that you brought to so many of us on this Earth during the short time you were her with us. We will miss you more than you will ever know baby girl.Talia was first diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive form childhood cancer that affects nerve tissue, back in 2007. To cope with her condition, especially the hair loss that came with rigorous chemo treatments, the charming Florida teen soon turned to filming online makeup videos to help boost her confidence and inspire others—they ultimately garnered more than 39 million views, landing her an appearance on Ellen and an incredibly touching initiation as an honorary CoverGirl.
If you haven't seen her videos—her extremely informative, super-bubbly tutorials are an absolute must-watch—we're sure you've seen her glowing smile in your monthly glossies.
(Photo via Facebook)
RIP, Talia. We're going to miss your vivacious personality, strength, and encouraging words of wisdom. Our hearts go out to your family, and to the millions you've inspired.