YouTubers Pay Tribute To Claire Wineland
4 September 2018, 14:49
YouTubers including Shane Dawson and Casey Neistat have joined fans around the world in remembering and celebrating Claire
Claire Wineland, an online creator has sadly died at the age of 21. 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.
She had a double lung transplant on 26 August, which went successfully, but a short while afterwards she suffered a stroke.
The Claire's Place Foundation said, in a Facebook post: "Our inspirational founder passed away. She was not in any pain and the medical staff said it was the most peaceful passing they had ever witnessed."
Online creators from across the world have lead tributes to Claire and praised her grounded and defiant nature:
she was truly one of the greats. i'm going to miss you Claire. pic.twitter.com/90q1tSfThd— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) September 4, 2018
my heart is gutted. rest in peace you incredible amazing person and friend. love you so much claire https://t.co/t7RInjhfx5— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) September 4, 2018
claire was the real deal, guys. she spoke about life and death with such grace and maturity that you couldn't help but listen. please think about her today. i'm so heartbroken. https://t.co/L72Du5kWl8— savannah brown (@savannahbrown) September 4, 2018
I saw a photo of Claire Wineland on instagram today and without reading the caption told my friends how I admired her and how she truly inspired me to live life more fully. We prayed for her healing from her recent lung transplant, not knowing she was already gone. Heartbroken.— Loey (@Loeybug) September 4, 2018
The final words of her final Instagram post were: "I am just happy and thought I would let you all know."
@larissaperoux We some cheese balls just cheesing it up. 🧀 So grateful for everything this month. I’m grateful for all the people who donated to help me get through transplant. I’m grateful for the doctors that’ll be scooping out these lungs and giving me some more life to work with. Im grateful for the chance to keep being a person. I’m grateful for my own head and for all the weird things in it. I’m just really overwhelmingly grateful for all of this. There is no passionate rant to be had here I am just happy and thought I would let you all know.
Rest in peace, Claire.