Talia Castellano, 13-year-old Cancer Patient and YouTube Star, Dies

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Tuesday, 16 Jul 2013 04:32 PM

By David Ogul

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Cancer-stricken Cover Girl Talia Joy Castellano, who moved an international audience with her bubbly personality and courage, died Tuesday at the age of 13, E! Online reports.

The Orlando, Fla., resident became the face of Cover Girl thanks to the success of her makeup tutorials on YouTube and elsewhere. Followed by millions around the world, Talia was a guest on numerous television programs, including the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

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The Huffington Post last year noted that “On her channel, taliajoy18, Castellano extols the benefits of matte bronzer, pressed powder, false eyelashes, Neutrogena makeup remover wipes and other fun drugstore buys. She also gets real about her cancer, both the neuroblastoma she's been suffering from since 2007 and the preleukemia that's recently sprung up in her bone marrow.”

News of the teen’s death was posted on her Facebook page. “It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22 a.m. Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven.”

The outpouring of grief was immediate.

“RIP beautiful. You’re such a great young lady. And I’m sorry for the loss of the family,” Tasah Maynor wrote on Talia’s Facebook page. “Save a spot for me up there. I can’t wait to meet you another day in heaven.”

Adrienne Schweizer Kieffer wrote, “RIP Talia. We all love you girl. Now you are an angel looking from up above.”

Twitter users also mourned the girl's death.

“RIP Talia Castellano. You were an inspiring human being,” tweeted @LeCarlosM.

“My heart hurts,” tweeted @Miracellie_K322.

Talia was followed by more than 182,000 people on Twitter, where her profile included this message: “You can’t change yesterday, you can’t predict tomorrow… Live now and don’t take it for granted.”

Talia was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer at the age of 7 on Valentine’s Day in 2007. Chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation helped rid her of the disease for one year, but doctors later found the cancer had reappeared and spread to a small lymph node near her heart.

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