Cancer-striken CoverGirl Talia Castellano dies at 13

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photoTalia Castellano, the inspiring 13-year-old cancer patient who became a YouTube beauty guru, honorary CoverGirl and Ellen DeGeneres favorite, died on Tuesday.

Castellano “earned her wings” at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday, according to a post on the Angels for Talia Facebook page.

“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.”

Untitled-28The Orlando teenager found out in August 2012 her cancer had spread to her bone marrow, but she continued to produce beauty videos on YouTube. She had spent the last six months in the hospital with only a brief trip home, according to her Facebook page.

When the CoverGirl portrait was revealed on Ellen last year, video of her appearance went viral. As of Tuesday afternoon, her official Facebook page had accumulated over 344,000 likes.

Ellen Degeneres took to Twitter to express her condolences, saying, “This year I met a very special girl, and today we lost her. Sending my heart to Talia’s family.”


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