Charlotte Hannah
July 16, 2013

Talia Castellano Has Passed Away at 13

Talia Castellano, the angel-faced beauty who became an honorary Covergirl last year and was good friends with Ellen DeGeneres, has passed away at age 13 after a six-year battle with cancer.

Talia first got noticed for her YouTube makeup tutorials, which highlighted not only her skill at wielding a blush brush, but also her bright and lively personality. The incredible popularity of her videos got her noticed by DeGeneres, who invited Talia on her show. In one particularly touching exchange, Talia revealed the motto by which she lived:

“How do you stay so positive?” Ellen asked.

“When people ask me that, what do you want me to do, be depressed? I mean a little fishy [Nemo from Finding Nemo] told me, just keep swimming, just keep swimming!”

Today, the official Angels for Talia Facebook page released this message:

#‎prayfortalia It is with a heavy heart that we share with all of you that Talia has earned her wings at 11:22am. Please lift her beautiful soul, her beautiful light to heaven and please send your love and prayers to her family during this most difficult time. God speed little one, may you be free from pain and suffering, may your soul feel the light and love that you brought to so many of us on this Earth during the short time you were her with us. We will miss you more than you will ever know baby girl.”

Ellen and Covergirl also expressed condolences: