Wednesday, July 17, 2013

R.I.P: Life and Times of Talia Castellano [Photos+Videos]

Talia Joy Castellano, who charmed America with her YouTube make-up tutorials and became an honorary face of CoverGirl, has died aged 13 following a six year battle with cancer. A message posted on the Florida teen's Facebook page today read: 

'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.' Since the news broke dozens of fans have taken to Twitter to offer their condolences including Ellen DeGeneres, Miley Cyrus, Kendall Jenner and Justin Bieber. 

Talia was first diagnosed with stage four neuroblastoma cancer, a tumor that develops from nerve tissue in infants and children, on Valentine's Day in 2007 when she was just seven years old. 

Following chemotherapy, surgery and radiation she was cancer-free for one year but in September 2008 doctors found the disease had spread to a small lymph node near her heart.

Doctors suggested a bone marrow transplant as a possible remedy but Talia decided forgo another painful surgery and enjoy her remaining days. Talk show star, Ellen DeGeneres, previously cited the youngster as an inspiration.

While interviewing her last October on her eponymous daytime show, Ms DeGeneres stopped to say: 

'You really are quite something. 'There's a depth to your soul that is not a 13-year-old soul. 'You’re an old soul and you are very special and amazing, and I’m so honored that you wanted to meet me and that I got to meet you.' 

 Learning that Talia had passed away this morning, the TV personality Tweeted: 
'I met a very special girl, and today we lost her. Sending my heart to Talia's family. I'm so sad.'