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A young American YouTube star has sadly passed away after suffering from a real-life Benjamin Button disease that saw her age rapidly.
Adalia Rose, 15, became an internet sensation after being an inspiration for sharing her journey while living with Progeria condition.
Progeria is an ultra-rare condition that sees a person's body age faster than it should.
The condition meant that Adalia's body became much older than an average 15-year-old.
Adalia, from Texas, reportedly died on January 12 as a result of the condition as her family say she is “no longer in pain”.
In a post on Facebook, via Ryan Natalia Pallante’s account, the family said: “January 12, 2022 at 7pm Adalia Rose Williams was set free from this world. She came into it quietly and left quietly, but her life was far from it.
She touched MILLIONS of people and left the biggest imprint in everyone that knew her. She is no longer in pain and is now dancing away to all the music she loves.
“I really wish this wasn’t our reality but unfortunately it is. We want to say thank you to everyone that loved and supported her. Thank you to all her doctors and nurses that worked for YEARS to keep her healthy. The family would now like to mourn this huge loss in private.”
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Adalia has been battling with the rare aging condition since she was born.
The condition not only aged her but as a result, caused problems with her growth, voice and joints.
Her bubbly personality through YouTube amassed her over 170 million views on the video sharing platform in 2018.
Only 500 people in the world suffer from the condition, which has a short life expectancy of 13-year-old.
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Speaking back in 2018, her mum Natalia Pallante, said: “She sees herself as being different.
“Sometimes there’s days where she says ‘I wish I was taller, I wish I had hair, I wish I looked like everybody else, I wish I could do what everybody else can do.”
Adalia was also hugely popular on Facebook with millions of fans leaving her positive messages as she inspires children all over the world.
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Natalia added: “Her followers say good things to her all the time, that you are so cute, I love you, you’re so beautiful, I love the way you dance, I love your videos.
“They have constant comments of how she’s inspirational and how she doesn’t let anything stop her and they’re right. She loves those comments."
Since the family have posted about her death, friends and fans have commented and sent their condolences.
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One user on Facebook said: “I’m so sorry Natalia and Ryan. Adalia lived life to the fullest each and every day. She touched so many people through her videos and taught us all to never take anything for granted. Fly high sweet angel!”
While another said: “She was a special person that gave joy to many all over the planet. She will always be with you.”
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