YouTuber Mel Thompson dies aged 35
Her videos had gathered almost 30 million views
YouTube and makeup artist Mel Thompson has died aged 35, her husband has confirmed.
Thompson, who had 170,000 subscribers on YouTube and whose videos had been viewed almost 30 million times, passed away on Sunday September 26. Her cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Husband Puffin Thompson confirmed the news on his wife's Instagram, which has almost 58,000 followers, sharing pictures of them together with their family. The couple had four children together.
In a touching post, he wrote: "Mel sadly passed away yesterday. It’s really hard to just choose 10 photos. We lost a beautiful person. I just wanted to show the smiles she brought.
"I’ve had to answer so many texts of people just checking in on her without even knowing of her passing. It’s great to see how loved she was. And she loved all you right back. I’ll continue to love her and miss her forever.
"She was such a pillar for our family. The kids would talk to her non stop and she was constantly talking with them and trying to help them with their stuff. And no matter how bad she felt, she would still rub my back when I came and jumped on the bed next to her while she was working tirelessly to put out content.
"Everybody knows how talented she was as an artist and with her helpful knowledge, but those closest to her know how truly wonderful she was. She would have done anything to help anyone without a second thought. I wish I had her back."
The comments on the post were filled with tributes to the 35-year-old. Fellow makeup artist Lisa Eldridge commented: "I’m so deeply saddened and shocked. My thoughts are with friends and family …. truly heartbreaking. Rest in peace Mel, thank you for always being so wonderful."
YouTuber Nikkia Joy wrote that she was "in utter shock," with social media star Robert Welsh describing it as "heartbreaking news."
On Twitter, tributes also poured in from across the beauty community.
I am still in shock and disbelief over the fact that the beauty community has lost one of their kindest and most caring souls. I will never forget the conversations we had, her big heart and endless support. Rest in peace Mel, we miss you. 💔💔💔
— Angelica Nyqvist (@Angeschka) September 27, 2021
I’m so lost right now!
Mel Thompson aka Puffin’s Wife aka the sweetest soul passed away yesterday. I’m in disbelief. May her and her beautiful soul and family find peace. Rest well my sweet friend 💔🕊 🐞
— Tina (@thefancyfaced) September 27, 2021
I want everyone to know that Mel Thompson was one of the kindest, most giving people I've ever met. None of this seems real. I want to send out all of my love to her friends and family. Her passing has left a hole in a lot of hearts. 💔
— Jen Luv (@JenLuvsReviews) September 27, 2021
In August 2020, Thompson revealed that she had been suffering from seizures, along with other health issues.
Her final make-up tutorial was uploaded to YouTube on September 24, showing her sharing some eyeshadow tips with her followers.
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