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Saturday 12 July 2014

13 Year Old Beauty Guru loses six-year battle with cancer

Clare Cullen

Published 17/07/2013|08:21

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Talia's sister posted a final video on Talia's YouTube channel this morning after the young YouTube star passed away at 4pm yesterday, following six months in hospital.

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Talia, known as ‘TaliaJoy18’ on YouTube, was a social media powerhouse with over 45m video views,  766,000 YouTube subscribers  and over 2.3m followers on Instagram.

The news was announced in a statement posted on her Facebook page, AngelsforTalia.

“#‎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…. We will miss you more than you will ever know baby girl.”

In March, Talia shared her terminal diagnosis with the world in her ‘Cancer Vlog’. In the video-blog, Talia calmly explains her situation and reassures her viewers that she believes she can “beat the crap out of cancer”, reminding them that the doctors had given her six months to a year, and at the time of filming, she was ‘still here’ after 7 months.

Fans followed Talia’s battle with cancer closely, with Talia allowing her fans full access to her life and struggles through her Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Vine and Instagram accounts.

Talia’s last YouTube upload was a month ago, and she credited the editing to her family and close friends, as she was too ill to edit it herself.  Her parents and close family continued to keep her to the fore of social media, posting pictures of her on her Twitter and Facebook pages and keeping her fans updated of her day-to-day progress. As recently as last Friday, Talia was pictured on her Twitter smiling from her hospital bed.

Her sister posted an Instagram collage to Twitter over the weekend with a caption pleading for ‘no more suffering’ for her little sister. The hashtag #prayfortalia was also trending on Twitter over the weekend.

Talia first came to the fore when her video ‘May Favourites’, went viral with over 8m views. Her bubbly personality and acceptance of her hair loss caught the attention of Ellen DeGeneres and CoverGirl. Talia appeared on Ellen in September 2012, where she was made an honourary ‘CoverGirl’ and received a cheque for $20,000. In recent times, Ellen has posted messages of support for Talia on her own Facebook and Twitter pages, and posted a goodbye message when the news started to spread online.

Tributes are already flooding in across social media. Talia’s fans are creating images to honour the young video star and posting them on her Facebook, and outpourings of grief and support for her family are being left on her many videos.

Talia Joy was seen as an inspiration by many. When asked by Ellen how she kept positive, Talia replied ‘A little fishy told me to just keep swimming”.

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