A Texas teenager with a rare premature aging disease has died, leaving millions of her followers heartbroken.
Adalia Rose Williams, who was known to millions on YouTube, died Wednesday at the age of 15.
“I loved her so much,” one follower from India posted. “She has been an inspiration to many and has touched millions of lives.”
“What a beautiful bright light she was and will continue to be through all the lives she touched,” wrote another.
Countless followers left similar comments of love and support on social media.
“She came into this world quietly and left quietly, but her life was far from it,” read one post. “She is no longer in pain and is now dancing away to all the music she loves.”
Throughout her ordeal, Adalia uploaded heartwarming and hopeful videos on YouTube to her three million followers.
In addition to health updates, she wrote about makeup tutorials, dances and skits featuring members of her family.
“She touched millions of people and left the biggest imprint in everyone that knew her,” her family posted on social media.
In her YouTube posts Adalia talked openly about dealing with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome — also known as ‘Benjamin Button’ disease after a Brad Pitt movie on the subject.
Adalia was just three months old when she was diagnosed with the extremely rare incurable condition. There are only 400 children in the world currently living with the disease.
Her family thanked all of the people who “loved and supported her,” and asked for privacy as they mourn her loss.
SUCH SPIRIT AND COURAGE