Sad news yesterday as we said goodbye to the beautiful Talia Joy Castellano, who has passed away after a brave cancer battle.
The 13-year-old captivated hearts all over the world with the beauty tutorials on her YouTube page and by becoming a CoverGirl model. Remember her on "Ellen"? SOOO cute! No matter what struggle Talia faced, she turned it into a positive and showed the world her strength. Cancer didn't define her — she defined herself.
On her Facebook page, a post 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." Talia was diagnosed with not one but two different types of cancer: neuroblastoma as well as preleukemia that had spread into her bone marrow. That didn't get in the way of connecting with her fans and sharing her journey. In an interview in 2012, when asked what she wanted to be remembered for, she said, "as the bubbly girl who wanted to do something about childhood cancer." She def succeeded.
The YouTube community has been speaking out on this big loss. Jenna Marbles Tweeted:
Talia Joy touched and inspired so many peoples lives. We will love, miss, and remember you forever. Heaven just got one fabulous angel.
— Jenna Mourey/Marbles (@Jenna_Marbles) July 16, 2013
Tyler Oakley also paid his respects, by Tweeting:
@TaliaJoy18 Incredibly humbled to find that Talia followed me, considering how much she had inspired me. So sad. Gone way too soon.
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) July 16, 2013
Ways You Can Say Thank You:
+ Use the hashtag #WeLoveTalia.
Talia was DEF a social media savvy gal. In her honor lets keep her spirit alive and tweet #WeLoveTalia! Although she may of earned her wings too soon, together we can move forward working to find a cure. We will forever remember Talia.
+ Leave a comment on her FB account.
Facebook was a huge way that Talia connected with her army of fans. So head over to her page and show her family some love. Her page is a great way to support the family as well as learn more about ways to donate.
+ Watch her YouTube videos.
Oh, man, her YouTube videos were the best. Her infectious personality was so bright and bubbly, and she was always smiling, despite what she must have been going through. Her talent with makeup was impressive, but her spirit was what made the world fall in love with her. RIP, Talia.