YouTube Star Dies of Cancer at 13
Talia Joy Castellano gave makeup tutorials, won legions of fans
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2013 4:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – A 13-year-old girl who won a massive following on YouTube with her makeup tutorials and wise-beyond-her-years perspective on her cancer has died, reports the Huffington Post. Talia Joy Castellano's YouTube channel had more than 770,000 subscribers by the time of her death today. She appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show in September, and Cover Girl even made her an honorary cover girl. Tributes are pouring in to her Facebook page.

Talia battled Neuroblastoma for more than half her life, and Xeni Jardin at Boing Boing quotes from her last video on the subject, in May. "It's adding up," she said of intensive treaments that were taking a toll mentally and physically. "I'm not planning anything. I'd rather be in the hospital, comfortable, with my pain under control, than be at home in pain and uncomfortable. I feel safer here right now, and I think my anxiety is telling me I should stay right now." Adds Jardin: "This cancer patient, who is much older but no wiser, can empathize."

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lonewolf17
Jul 17, 2013 9:08 AM CDT
This story is sad, but most of the comments are sadder. Totally delusional...
Eat_Eateator
Jul 17, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
ANgels and heaven oh mercy me. Everyone is welcome in the void.
Becky2159
Jul 17, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
Heaven just welcomed a new angel. Deepest sorrow to her family for their loss and thank you Ellen D. for the joy you and Cover Girl added to her life this last year. My prayers are that the Castellano family will see what a miracle they experienced in their life just having her in it.