YouTube star loses cancer battle

YouTube star loses cancer battle
YouTube teenage sensation Talia Joy Castellano.

LOS ANGELES - Talia Joy Castellano, a teenage cancer patient who became an Internet sensation with her YouTube make-up tutorials, died on Tuesday after a six-year battle with the disease, reports said. She was 13.

She died at Arnold Palmer Hospital in Orlando, Florida, the Los Angeles Times said.

Her death was announced on her Facebook page, the Huffington Post said.

She was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblastoma, an aggressive cancer, when she was seven, the Times said. Last year, the cancer spread to her bones, and she developed pre-leukaemia.

Although she lost her hair, she did not wear a wig. Instead, she tried make-up at the behest of her mother's friend, another cancer patient.

Castellano began making and uploading videos of make-up tutorials on Crazy Eyeliner, Punk Rock Look, Aqua Brown Smokey Eye, Ancient Chinese Make-up and so on.

Her YouTube channel, taliajoy18, has more than 800,000 subscribers. One of her videos has been viewed more than eight million times.

Her profile photo shows her with "Make up is my Wig" written in pink on her head.

One of her dreams was to meet Ellen DeGeneres and do her make-up, the Times said.

Last year, the television host invited her to her show and said she had been chosen to be an honorary CoverGirl.

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