YouTuber Adalia Rose Williams, who was open with her fans about life with a rare genetic disease, has died at the age of 15.
Williams, who was diagnosed as a baby with Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome — also known as the “Benjamin Button” disease — passed away Wednesday evening, according to her Facebook page.
“She came into [life] quietly and left quietly, but her life was far from it,” read the heartbreaking post, which received 714,000 reactions, 138,000 comments and 93,000 shares. “She is no longer in pain and is now dancing away to all the music she loves.”
Her family thanked Williams’ loyal followers that “love and supported her,” and asked for privacy as they mourn her loss.
Many fans left comments of love and support below the post, hoping that she “rests in peace.”
“I loved her so much,” one follower from India posted. “She has been an inspiration to many and has touched millions of lives.”
“What a beautiful bright light she was and will continue to be through all the lives she touched,” wrote a fan.
“She taught us how to live without limitations,” said another.
On her Instagram page, which has 380,000 followers, similar sentiments were shared after the tragic announcement, which comes just three weeks after losing her hearing.
Williams was an avid YouTuber and shared her life across other social media platforms, documenting every part of her journey with her condition, known as progeria, which she was diagnosed with at just 3 months old.
The syndrome currently lacks a cure and causes rapid aging, accompanied by slowed growth and hair loss, affecting 400 children globally.
The Texas-based teen, who exceed the condition’s life expectancy of 13, began vlogging in 2012. She uploaded her videos on YouTube, and eventually amassed 2.9 million subscribers.
But she didn’t just post health updates — she dabbled in makeup tutorials, dances and skits featuring other members of her family.
“She touched MILLIONS of people and left the biggest imprint in everyone that knew her,” her family posted to Facebook.