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Talia Castellano Passes Away at 13

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Talia Castellano Passes Away at 13
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This Tuesday, July 16, the world lost a beautiful young girl who inspired millions with her story of positivity and unyielding hope. Talia Castellano, who went by TaliaJoy18 on YouTube, was an honorary covergirl, makeup guru, and tutorialist, all at the tender age of thirteen. Her legacy of overwhelming passion, love, and desire to “just keep swimming” is immortalized not just in the videos she leaves behind, but in the “handprints and footprints she left on the world,” according to her older sister.

Talia suffered from neuroblastoma, a very severe and aggressive type of cancer, for over six years. Though Talia was young and very sick, she refused to let these things define her; she channeled her energy into making uplifting, funny, and incredibly heartfelt YouTube videos, mostly consisting of makeup tutorials. Talia refused to wear a wig after loosing her hair to cancer treatments, boldly proclaiming, “makeup is my wig.”

Talia’s upbeat personality and inspiring story caught the attention of YouTubers, with her videos grossing over 40 million views and attracting a plethora of celebrity attention, including that of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres went on to make Talia an honorary CoverGirl model, giving her the chance to host a radio show and meet Justin Beiber, whom the makeup guru was a huge fan of.

Talia’s passing was reported on her official Facebook page, saying that she had “earned her wings” at 11:22 AM. A huge outpouring of sympathy and support has taken over the page’s comments, with many people talking about how Talia inspired them to “just keep swimming.”

A few days before passing, Talia hand wrote a “bucket list,” which included such activities as horseback riding and “messy twister.” The hashtag #taliasbucklist has been used by her fans as they share pictures and stories of themselves completing tasks from the list in Talia’s memory.

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Talia was a supporter of the BASE network, which helps children with cancer and their families. Their official page can be found here, and their donation page can be found here.

Though Talia is no longer with us, her videos, heart, and story will continue to touch many. May Talia help us all remember to “just keep swimming.”

Talia Castellano Passes Away at 13
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  • Annika

    As soon as I heard about Talia, I couldn’t hold in the tears, she had made me feel pretty and loved. I have never seen any one with cancer who was so energetic, outgoing, kind, sweet, and funny in my entire life. I belive that she is looking down on us all, RIP beautiful, sweet, and creative Talia:’(

    • http://taliapassedaway Arial

      taltalia was so amazing she should not of past away this young she should of been able to live atleast till 20 years old RIP talia atleast she’s in a better place now .

  • Amy

    OMG, I couldn’t beleive this is true. You’re so beautiful. I’ ll remember ur smile, your beautiful, your positive attidute. pleae get rest in the heaven my little angel. R.I.P

  • Amy

    OMG, I couldn’t beleive this is true. You’re so beautiful. I’ ll remember ur smile, your beautiful, your positive attitude pleae get rest in the heaven my little angel. R.I.P

  • jessica

    R.I.P Talia you tought me to ” Just keep swimming.”

  • http://facebook hazel

    She was sutch an amazing, gorgeous person. Talia did not deserve to die like this, her kindness and compassion got to everyone in her path. i hope that she was happy, we all love you talia! Rest In Peace you amazing little angel! <3

  • http://taliapassedaway Arial

    talia was so amazing she should not of past away this young she should of been able to live atleast till 20 years old RIP talia atleast she’s in a better place now

  • http://taliapassedaway Arial

    talia was so amazing she should not of past away this young she should of been able to live atleast till 20 years old RIP talia atleast she’s in a better place now .

  • http://taliapassedaway Arial

    talia you were beatifull joyfull amazing make up artist talia was filled with lot’s of energy and and everyone she wasn’t even worrying about how sick she is and she was too sick RIP talia you you are in a better place now you were beatifull

  • http://youtube Shanny

    Talia We Love You And You Are Gonna Be In Our Hearts For Ever,We Will Never Forget How Funny,Talent,Amazing And Smart You Where Talia You Aint Gotta Worry NoMore Because You Are In Heaven And That’s All That Matter’s We Still Care About You Talia You Should Have Not Die That Young But It Was Your Time To Go :( R.I.P Talia (WE LOVE YOU AND WE ALWAYS WILL)

  • nika

    shes anouther life gone to soon, this beautiful girl touched my heart. prayers to her and family. so sad

  • sara

    I still can’t believe it wow cancer is a really bad illness RIP beautiful Talia you were so courageous. Your with GOD now your in a better place!!!my heart goes to your family in this difficult time.you were and still are beautiful inside and out.

  • amanda acosta

    your a beautiful girl who inspired lots of people to follow their dreams:> RIP .Love you pretty girl. Bless your heart and soul. keep on dreaming being pretty and sweet.

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