Jehane Thomas: Tributes pour in as TikTok star, 30, dies unexpectedly after having migraines for months
DONCASTER, ENGLAND: A TikTok star tragically died at the age of 30 on Friday, March 17, 2023, following months of crippling migraines and "bouts of illness." Jehane Thomas from Doncaster had over 66,700 followers on the video-sharing platform where she shared videos about her daily life. The mother of two's death was "totally unexpected," according to her loved ones who are left "heartbroken" at the news.
Thomas would usually upload vlogs about preparing packed lunches and dinners for her two children as well as cleaning hacks, and shopping hauls on TikTok. In recent months, she began documenting her health difficulties on the platform and talked about her optic neuritis diagnosis, a condition caused by inflammation of the nerve that carries messages from the eye to the brain. Her treatment updates on TikTok showed that Thomas had been frequently visiting the hospital. In a similar post, Thomas confirmed that her parents also take part in taking care of her sons Isaac, three, and Elijah, one.
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Thomas documented her treatment
Her last video, dated only four days before her death, saw the social media star in a hospital, waiting to go into surgery for her condition. "I can't lift my head up without wanting to be sick and I'm unable to walk, I need to be wheeled everywhere. That's how bad this pain is," the mother wrote in the video's caption. Thomas had been admitted to A&E and was waiting for surgery at the time of filming the video. According to the DailyMail, she was forced back to the hospital after being discharged from a week-long stay due to her pressured migraines caused by the condition.
'Nothing will bring the boys their mum back'
A GoFundMe page has been set up by Thomas' best-friend Alyx Reast to help raise money for the funeral and support her sons. It has raised over $12,495 so far. "Jehane Thomas was a 30-year-old mum of two boys when she suddenly passed away on 17/03/2023. Despite suffering from migraines and bouts of illness for several months, her passing was totally unexpected and we are all absolutely heartbroken. Her two children have been left without their mum.. Jehane - I promised I'd do what I can for those boys, so that's what I'm vowing to do. I love you," she wrote on the page.
"Nothing will bring the boys their mum back, but we hope it will bring some relief to her family, knowing how loved and supported they are," the page further read.
'Life is so incredibly cruel'
Reast went on to pay tribute to the late TikToker on the platform itself. "You are everything good in the world, I'm gonna miss you every single day," she wrote. "This is heartbreaking. I'm so sorry. Sending her boys and family so much love and strength," she added.
Thomas' followers chimed in and expressed their disbelief and sorrow. "I am actually in tears. I cannot believe how this has happened! Devastating," a user said. "How lucky am I to have known such a beautiful, sweet, caring, funny girl. I will miss you so much, never goodbye just see you later gorgeous girlie," another wrote.
"Life is so incredibly cruel. Got the biggest shock reading this absolutely heartbreaking. Hold your loved ones close, sleep tight beautiful," one user said.
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