Talia Castellano Dies At 13, Social Web And Celebs Pay Tribute

Yesterday, YouTube star Talia Castellano died at the age of 13, after learning in March that the cancer she’d fought for half her short life had become terminal.

At the time of the prognosis, Talia Castellano vowed to fight the illness until the end, and nearly 300,000 Facebook followers liked her page for updates on the young teen’s worsening condition.

Sadly, yesterday Talia Joy lost her fight with cancer, and passed away in the morning. A statement posted to Facebook read:

“It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22 am. 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.”

Fan of Talia Castellano Ellen DeGeneres released a statement about the girl’s passing, saying:

It’s a sad day at The Ellen DeGeneres show. This morning, we lost a friend. Talia Joy Castellano was an inspiring young makeup artist with a lot of talent and a lot of heart. She inspired everyone at the show, and many, many more. Our hearts are with her family. We love you, Talia.

Talia Castellano now has close to 500,000 fans on Facebook, and a subsequent statement read:

“Talia’s physical body will be laid to rest during a small, private service this week for family and close friends only. We ask that everyone please respect their privacy during this difficult time. We are planning a public tribute event in Talia’s honor on her 14th birthday, August 18th. More details will follow. Please continue to post messages of support and love on this page. Please know that Talia’s fans meant the world to her and we are so grateful for all the joy you have brought to her and her family.”

More information on Talia Castellano can be found on the Angels For Talia page.