Teenage YouTube sensation with rare aging condition dies: She ‘was set free’

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YouTube influencer Adalia Rose Williams died Wednesday, according to her popular Instagram feed.

The 15-year-old who lived with a very rare disease that causes accelerated aging chalked up more than 12 million Facebook Friends and nearly 3 million YouTube subscribers during a lifetime that will be remembered for positivity and optimism in the face of adversity.

“Adalia Rose Williams was set free from this world,” her social media feeds announced early Thursday morning. “She came into it quietly and left quietly, but her life was far from it.”

Her mom said that Williams was diagnosed with Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome when she was about 3 months old.

“She touched MILLIONS of people and left the biggest imprint in everyone that knew her,” the online memorial from her family said. “She is no longer in pain and is now dancing away to all the music she loves.”

With help from her family, Williams announced on Facebook shortly before Christmas that she’d fallen ill three months prior to recording that video and no could no longer hear. It was also revealed in that announcement that the Williams’ family, which lives in Texas, had relocated from Austin to San Antonio to save money. Another perk from that move was having a bigger kitchen where Williams could record her videos.

The Mayo Clinic reports that there is no cure for Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, also known as progeria, and that children afflicted with it reach an average age of 13. Roughly 400 children are believed to have progeria.

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