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Inspirational YouTube teen star Alex Dragomir, also known as Sir Kipsta, who was remembered for his passion for the Manchester United football team and ability to remain optimistic, died Thursday after heart surgery. He was 17.
His sister informed the followers on his Twitter account on Thursday evening that he had died after a seven-hour heart transplant.
“Hello, as you all may already know, my brother died today. He had a very serious operation that lasted 7 hours, but his heart couldn’t take it anymore, he was too weak to survive,” she wrote. “Heaven won another angel, he was my skirt of everything. RIP Alex.”
The British teenager had blogged and streamed from his hospital bed about his struggle with illness in the days before his death.
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Prior to his surgery, he posted an update from the intensive care unit and urged his supporters to “pray” for his recovery.
“Having a lifesaving procedure done when it doesn’t work then it was a great time, people thank you for all you’ve done for me, but we pray we will pull it off and we pray we will for them afterward fatter and fitter will see progress and not to say that there is nothing they can do after the operation, “wrote Dragomir.
He spoke openly about his illness and kept his viewers informed of his journey. A month earlier, he announced to followers that he would be hospitalized for the full day while waiting for a heart transplant. “After thinking it was a week in the hospital, I was presented with very, very tough news for a 17-year-old to take away,” he wrote.
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During the month he was in the hospital, Dragomir kept his spirits high by streaming it live from his YouTube account. From storytelling to uploading food reviews, his efforts to stay positive in a dark time inspired his encouraging viewers, whose endless support kept him optimistic.
“That’ll get me through,” he said in a June 5 post. “I promise I’ll do my best and I won’t let that stop me from doing my best.”
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His sister also repeated his feelings in a post later Thursday: “All the news kept his head up. He kept going because of all the nice support he had from Twitter.”
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His supporters even got together to raise money for his heart surgery and raised more than 12,000 euros through the GoFundMe fundraising platform after his mother quit her job to support her son while he was in the hospital.
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