Justin Bieber look-alike and Botched star Tobias Strebel has been found dead.
The 35-year-old man, best known for his appearance on the television series Botched and for spending more than 100,000 to look like the young pop singer, was found dead at a Motel 6 in North Hills, California, near San Fernando Valley on Monday, August 21, just a few days after he was reported missing. Gossip site TMZ was the first to report the news.
— Complex Style (@ComplexStyle) August 27, 2015
Tobias Strebel, who went by the name Toby Sheldon, was reported missing by his family on Friday, August 18, and it was believed that his disappearance was linked to his recent break-up with his boyfriend. Police discovered his body in the motel room earlier this week, along with drugs. However, the cause of his death has yet to be revealed.
Along with appearing in the 2014 episode of E!’s Botched, he also appeared in TLC’s My Strange Addiction, where he expressed his love for the “Baby” singer, who he described as “extraordinarily beautiful.” The Justin Bieber look-alike was only in the process of pursing a music career.
“What brought me to Bieber was the whole package: the full cheeks, the full temples, the bright open eyes, the full luscious lips and spacial framing,” he said. “[He’s] just extraordinarily beautiful.”
— Variety (@Variety) August 27, 2015
Tobias was last seen on August 18 in West Hollywood, California, and his friends say it was very out of character for him to just disappear, ABC 7 reported.
“This is very unusual for him to be missing,” Mel Espinoza, an acquaintance of Strebel said. “He hasn’t done any, not shown up for no reason, no note or anything.”
Toby’s fans took to social media, specifically Twitter, to mourn his death.
Sending prayers to Toby Sheldon (Tobias Strebel), 1 of the sweetest guys I’ve worked with. Hit up LAPD if you know where he is #justinbieber
— Adam Barta (@Adam_Barta) August 24, 2015
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