YouTube star Mel Thompson died at the age of 35.
The passing of the American beauty guru was announced by her devastated husband Puffin Thompson in an Instagram post on Monday, when he emotionally told fans, ‘I wish I had her back.’
While the cause of death was not given, one of Thompson’s friends commented on the post, revealing that Mel had been battling multiple health problems, including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, that he had been diagnosed with.
Her YouTube channel was quickly flooded with tributes and heartfelt messages from fans, as well as various YouTube stars and makeup artists such as James Welsh, Hindash, and Lisa Eldridge.
The cause of death was not given, but one of Mel’s friends commented and revealed that he had been struggling with health issues (Mel appears in his latest YouTube post on September 24).
RIP: YouTube star Mel Thompson died at the age of 35. The beauty guru was announced by her devastated husband Puffin Thompson in an Instagram post on Monday.
Mel sadly passed away yesterday. It is very difficult to choose only 10 photos. We lost a beautiful person. I just wanted to show the smiles that she brought, ” her husband Puffin wrote.
“ I had to respond to so many text messages from people who were just looking at her without even knowing of her passing. It’s great to see how loved she was. ”
And she loved you all again. I will continue to love and miss her forever. She was a pillar to our family, ” Puffin continued.
‘The children were talking to her non-stop and she was constantly talking to them and trying to help them with their things. And no matter how bad it felt, I was still rubbing my back when she came in and jumping on the bed next to her as I worked tirelessly to get the content out. ”
Everyone knows how talented she was as an artist and with her valuable knowledge, but those closest to her know how wonderful she was. I would have done anything to help anyone without a second thought. I wish I had her back, ‘he concluded.
The post was soon inundated with comments from friends and other YouTube stars offering their condolences.
Tragic: The beauty guru’s passing was announced by her devastated husband Puffin in an Instagram post on Monday along with a gallery of images of their relationship.
Distraught: Puffin shared the news of Mel’s death on his Instagram account, writing: ‘We lost a beautiful person’
Comment: ‘Actually, I was the one who told him I thought he had elhers danlos. She went to her doctor and they diagnosed her. He talked about it on his channel. I’m not sure if that was a factor. I’m devastated, ” Spencer added.
Tributes: The post was soon inundated with comments from friends and other YouTube stars offering their condolences.
WHAT IS EHLERS-DANLOS SYNDROME?
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is the name of a group of rare inherited diseases that affect connective tissue.
Research statistics for Ehlers-Danlos syndromes show that the overall prevalence is 1 in 2,500 to 1 in 5,000 people, according to charities.
There are thirteen individual genetic conditions, all of which affect the body’s connective tissue.
Connective tissues provide support in the skin, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, internal organs, and bones.
Depending on the type of EDS, the defective gene may have been inherited from one or both parents.
Sometimes the faulty gene is not inherited, but occurs in the person for the first time.
EDS can affect people in different ways. For some, the condition is relatively mild, while for others its symptoms can be disabling. Some of the rare serious types can be life threatening.
There are several types of EDS that can share some symptoms.
These include a greater range of motion of the joints (joint hypermobility), elastic skin, and fragile skin that is easily broken or bruised.
James Welsh wrote: ‘What sad news. I’m so sorry for your loss, ‘while makeup artist Hindash wrote,’ I’m so sorry for your loss. Heartbreaking news. ‘
Lisa Eldridge added: ‘I am deeply saddened and shocked. My thoughts are with friends and family … really heartbreaking. Rest in peace Mel, thank you for always being so wonderful. ‘
Mel’s friend named Elizabeth Spencer later revealed in a comment that she had ‘a lot of medical problems’.
In fact, I was the one who told him I thought he had elhers danlos. She went to her doctor and they diagnosed her. He talked about it on his channel. I’m not sure if that was a factor. I’m devastated, ” Spencer added.
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is defined (courtesy of Mayo Clinic) as ‘a group of inherited disorders that affect connective tissues, primarily the skin, joints, and blood vessel walls.’
It is not yet known if that is in any way related to Thompson’s death at this time.
In August 2020, Mel, who normally kept his private life away from social media, admitted that he had been struggling with health issues.
She wrote on Instagram: ‘I am having a lot of health problems. One main problem is seizures. I was 2 on my birthday and I was in the hospital. I had another one last night. I’m fine. I can’t keep trying and I need to rest. ”
Thompson’s latest video on his YouTube channel, which has more than 170,000 subscribers, arrived on Friday, September 24, just two days before his death.
Her last post on Instagram, where she has another 57,000 followers, was last Monday, where she revealed a new makeup look.
The guru had been posting videos to the channel since 2015 to showcase her makeup talent, after landing a job at the cosmetics brand MAC.
In 2020, Mel, who has four children with her husband Puffin, admitted that she never planned to start a family, but that now she would “not trade places with anyone.”
In an Instagram post, he said: ‘I always grew up saying that I would never have children. Here I am today with 4 and I would not change places with anyone. I am so thankful to have such amazing children and an amazing family.
‘Being a mother is rewarding and at times extremely frustrating, but ALWAYS more rewarding. To my babies, (you will always be babies to me) I love you with all my heart. ‘
Smiles: ‘Mel sadly passed away yesterday. It is very difficult to choose only 10 photos. We lost a beautiful person. I just wanted to show the smiles that it brought, ” Puffin began.
Pillar: ‘And she loved you all. I will continue to love and miss her forever. She was a pillar of our family, ” Puffin continued.
Family: Mel resided in Tennessee with her husband Puffin and their four children (pictured)
Artist: ‘She would have done anything to help anyone without a second thought. I wish I had her back, ” Puffin concluded in his moving tribute.
Video: Thompson’s latest video on his YouTube channel, which has more than 170,000 subscribers, arrived on Friday, just two days before his death.
Makeup: Her last post on Instagram, where she has another 57,000 followers, was last Monday, where she revealed a new makeup look.