Talia Castellano Dies; YouTube Beauty, Fashion Star Was 13

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Talia Castellano, the miniature makeup maven who became a YouTube and CoverGirl star with her own clothing line, has died of cancer at age 13.

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“It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia earned her wings at 11:22 am,” her official Facebook page announced this morning.

“Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time.”

The spunky teen gained attention after her YouTube makeup tutorials won over legions of fans across the nation, earning over 40 million views.

Her funny, candid personality and determination in the face of a grim cancer diagnosis made her posts about so much more than just makeup.

"For people to see that there are kids that get cancer… it’s just a true fact. Me putting a face on it makes a difference,” she told People in 2012.

“I’ve always been a really bubbly girl, and my mom tells me to think about the positive. Even though cancer is a negative, horrible thing, there are positives.

The fashion-obsessed Florida girl drew fans around the world, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who welcomed her to the CoverGirl family.

“How do you stay so positive?” DeGeneres asked Talia, whose cancer treatment options, including a bone marrow transplant, were then running low.

“When people ask me that, I’m just, ‘What do you want me to do? Be depressed?” said Talia, who said her motto was, appropriately, “Just keep swimming.”

DeGeneres added her voice to the thousands of others expressing their condolences today, “This year I met a very special girl, and today we lost her."

“Sending my heart to Talia’s family. I’m so sad,” she Tweeted.

We all are. R.I.P.

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Talia is no longer fighting cancer, she is now a guardian angel for all who are. What a beautiful example she was in so many lives. My prayers go out to her family & all those she touched. They are better for having her in their lives.

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I truly cried when I heard of her passing. She was a beautiful courageous little girl, who fought cancer, but the cancer won. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Our lose is heavens gain. She is a beautiful angel in God's kingdom.

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@ Marina

I cried too. She was such an inspiring young lady. If only the rest of the world could take a page from her book they would be much happier.

Ems

I cried. Such a loss for this earth. RIP. Condolences to your family and friends.

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She is a beautiful angel in heaven now.
R.I.P.

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R.I.P. dear sweet child. Heaven is now a better place having you there. You will be greatly missed here. God certainly takes the good ones. Keep flying above the clouds dearheart. Sleep with the angels. May God Bless your Soul.

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what a beautiful Angel she will be. May Gods grace and comfort be with the family and friends of this sweet lil girl. R.I.P Baby girl

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Poor baby RIP sweetheart you are loved here on earth

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This death is SOOOOO SAD... R.I.P, Talia, your SUFFERING is over.

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Rest in peace sweet girl.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Your in Heaven now sweet child. The Lord has wrapped his arms around you. Your in a much better place. We will all miss you. XO