Social media star and health advocate Claire Wineland passes away at 21


After suffering a massive stroke, Wineland was put on life support, but showed no signs of recovery and passed away on the evening of September 2 with her parents by her side.

A young social media star who inspired legions of fans with her optimism despite a lifelong battle with cystic fibrosis has died at 21-a week after receiving a new set of lungs in a transplant, reports People.

She had over 2,50,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. As she showed no improvement or response to treatments, on Sunday, her loved ones took the decision to take her off life support.

Although her parents Melissa Nordquist Yeager and John Wineland were separated when Claire was three years old, they remained friends and partners in her care. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World. "I learned to deeply hate having my picture taken by professionals because there was always a need to make me look childlike and innocent", she wrote in an Instagram post.

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Announcing the news on Monday, Wineland's family confirmed that they had made a decision to take her off life support following a week of intensive care. Claire spoke very openly about her experience with cystic fibrosis and she dedicated her life to raising awareness of the genetic condition and became a well-loved and respected activist.

A Californian, she rose to popularity through YouTube and Instagram especially.

On August 26, she received word that she was officially off the waiting list and going into surgery. In June, she said she was seeking a lung transplant.

The stroke caused blood circulation to the right side of her brain to be cut off and she was placed in a medically induced coma.

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Among those paying tribute on Twitter were fellow YouTubers Shane Dawson, who said his "heart hurts so bad", and Casey Neistat, who called her "truly one of the greats".

"Death is Inevitable. Living a life we can be proud of is something we can control", the California native once said.

In recent months, Wineland's health took a dramatic turn for the worse, prompting her to require a double-lung transplant. "Really. I mean that seriously", she said.

Through her videos and social media posts, Wineland tried to break down stereotypes about sick or disabled people, telling her followers in March that she'd "struggled more with guys, depression drugs, family and career than I ever have with my illness", adding, "I'm not an innocent and I'm not a child". She was one red hot spark of inspiration and joy, wasn't she? According to the Mayo Clinic, this disease, which she was diagnosed with at birth, is inherited and causes severe damage to the lungs and other organs. Follow INSIDER on Facebook.

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