Talia Joy Castellano – the bubbly, beautiful YouTube sensation whose makeup tutorials inspired hundreds of thousands of subscribers and earned her a spot on The Ellen DeGeneres Show died Tuesday, July 16, following a six-year battle with cancer. She was 13 years old.
“Talia left us to be with the angels today,” her family said in a statement. “We were fortunate to call her ‘Ours’ and honored to have shared in her amazing life’s journey. Even though this void will never be filled, she will continue to live in our hearts forever. We thank everyone for their support in this extremely difficult time.”
A heartfelt message was also posted on her Facebook shortly after news broke of her death.
“It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia earned her wings at 11:22 a.m.,” a message on her official Facebook page read. “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.”
Castellano, who was diagnosed with stage-four neuroblastoma when she was just 7 years old, started using makeup “as a wig” shortly after she found out she was sick. In July 2011, she began filming makeup tutorials in her bedroom — short, how-to videos for the glam, colorful looks she invented. Within months, she had hundreds of thousands of subscribers and millions of views on her more than 150 YouTube clips.
As her following grew, so did her fame. Last year, after the inspiring teen revealed she had been diagnosed with leukemia (in addition to the neuroblastoma she had already been fighting). Doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant as a possible remedy but Talia decided to forgo another painful surgery and enjoy her remaining days.
fans started a grassroots campaign to make her dream of meeting Ellen DeGeneres come true. DeGeneres eventually took notice, and in September 2012, Castellano appeared on the comedian’s talk show.
“You really are quite something. There’s a depth to your soul that is not a 13-year-old soul,” DeGeneres told Castellano, who has called cancer an “amazing journey” for what it brought to her life. “You’re an old soul, and you are very special and amazing, and I’m so honored that you wanted to meet me and that I got to meet you”
DeGeneres, a CoverGirl spokesperson, then surprised Castellano with her very own CoverGirl ad. “You’re an honorary Cover Girl!” the host announced.
After the teen’s passing on July 16, DeGeneres took to Twitter to express her condolences. “I met a very special girl, and today we lost her,” she wrote. “Sending my heart to Talia’s family. I’m so sad”
Talia Joy Castellano (August 18, 1999 – July 16, 2013) was an American internet celebrity from Oviedo, Florida, best-known for her YouTube channel TaliaJoy18, where her videos had more than 750,000 subscribers and 45 million video views at the time of her death.
Castellano was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare childhood cancer, at age seven, and underwent various types of therapies and treatments. She was initially declared cancer-free, but relapsed twice in the next six years. During that time she was diagnosed with preleukemia in her bone marrow; there are no treatments that tackle both cancers at the same time. In September 2012, Talia appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and there she was announced as honorary face for CoverGirl cosmetics; she subsequently appeared in CoverGirl magazine ads with her slogan “Makeup is my wig”. In May 2013, Castellano and the fashion designer Urbana Chappa completed the design of a clothing line called “That Bald Chick”. She also collaborated with the Children’s Cancer Foundation in a program to give support to children battling cancer, and to their families.
Castellano died at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida on July 16, 2013, a month before her 14th birthday, after spending the last weeks of her life hospitalized due to cancer treatments
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