Inspirational YouTube star Alex Dragomir aka Sir Kipsta, remembered for his passion for the Manchester United football team and ability to stay optimistic, died on Thursday following heart surgery. He was 17 years old.
His sister alerted her followers on Thursday evening on her Twitter account that after a seven-hour heart transplant operation, he had died.
“Hello, as you may already know, my brother passed away today, he underwent a very hard operation which lasted 7 hours but his heart could not take it any longer, he was too weak to survive”, said she wrote. “Heaven won another angel, he was my rock, my everything. RIP Alex.”
The British teenager had blogged and streamed his battle with the disease from his hospital bed in the days leading up to his death.
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Ahead of his surgery, he released an ICU update, urging his supporters to “pray” for his recovery.
“Going in for a rescue procedure if that doesn’t work then it’s been a good time, people thank you for everything you’ve done for me, but we pray to see it through to the end and we pray that we were getting bigger and fitter after that for them to see the progress and not say they can’t do anything after the surgery, ”Dragomir wrote.
He was open about his illness, keeping his viewers up to date on his trip. A month earlier, he had informed his subscribers that he would be transferred to the hospital full time while awaiting a heart transplant. “After what I thought was a week of progress in the hospital, I was struck by some very, very hard news for a 17 year old,” he wrote.
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During the month he was in the hospital, Dragomir kept his spirits up by streaming live from his YouTube account. From storytelling to downloading food reviews, his efforts to stay positive during a dark time inspired his encouraging viewers, whose endless stream of support kept him optimistic.
“This is what makes me successful,” he said in a June 5 article. “I promise to give the best of myself and I won’t let anything stop me from doing my best.”
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His sister also echoed his feelings in a post later Thursday: “All the posts kept their heads held high. He continued thanks to all the support he received from Twitter.”
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His supporters even came together to raise money for his heart procedure, raising more than 12,000 euros through the GoFundMe donation platform after his mother quit her job to support her son while he was in hospital.
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