This morning at 11:22 a.m. EST, 13-year-old beauty guru Talia Joy Castellano passed away surrounded by family and friends. In a statement released on her Facebook page Angels for Talia, her family wrote:
“#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.”
After being diagnosed with cancer six years ago, Talia became interested in makeup after being introduced to it by a family friend and fellow cancer survivor. She joined YouTube in 2011 and filled her channel with beauty tutorials as well as vlogs documenting her battle with cancer. From her work on YouTube, she was invited on “The Ellen Show” in September of 2012 where she was named an honorary CoverGirl.
In March, Talia shared with her fans that her cancer was terminal and that her doctors had predicted she had a few more months to live. Her last YouTube video was uploaded in May and films Talia talking from her hospital bed about her current radiation treatment and her desire to get out of the hospital and back into the groove of her life. Talia spent her final six months off and on in the hospital with her mom constantly by her side and received care packages and well wishes from fans and admirers including Bruno Mars and Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Fans also started the trending hashtag #prayfortalia and set to accomplishing the 72 items on the young beauty guru’s bucket list.
Through updates on her Facebook page, Talia’s family shared that Talia was constantly in good spirits and could not thank fans more for their love and support during Talia’s final months.
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