Talia Castellano: 13-year-old Central Florida makeup artist dies

Talia Castellano: 13-year-old Central Florida makeup artist dies

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A 13-year-old Central Florida cancer patient who inspired hundreds of thousands around the world with her online makeup tutorials has died, according to her official Facebook page.

Talia Castellano passed away Tuesday morning with her family by her side, a news release said.

The Facebook post read:

"#‎prayfortalia‬ 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 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."

Talia's makeup tutorials posted on her YouTube channel, Make-upisMYwig, touched the lives of thousands around the world. As of Tuesday, she had 742,000 YouTube subscribers and 314,000 fans on Facebook.

Talia didn't like wigs, but she loved wearing makeup.

"It makes me feel like I'm flawless, and that I can work my baldness," Talia told Fox 35 in an interview last year.

"It's really cool to know that people watch me, and that they like me, and they think I'm inspiring," she said at the time. "Every single comment that I get that says they think I'm inspiring or whatever, it feels so good. It's really cool."  

Among many TV appearances, Talia was a guest on The Ellen Show, Today and the BBC. Ellen Degeneres sponsor Covergirl made Talia an honorary Covergirl and presented her with a check for $20,000, and Talia appeared in an ad in People magazine for Covergirl.

She collaborated with Los Angeles designer Urbana for her own clothing line called That Bald Chick, and a documentary movie called "The Truth 365," which advocated for more resources for childhood cancer, featured Talia. 

Recently, Talia, who battled neuroblastoma, helped raise $100,000 for BASE Camp Children's Cancer Foundation, her favorite charity. A room filled with makeup will be dedicated Talia.

A private service will be held for Talia's family and close friends. A celebration of life for fans and others she touched is planned for a later date.

"She wanted to leave her footprints on the world and she did," the news release said.
 

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