How did Sir Kipsta die? Fans mourn tragic passing of 17-year-old YouTuber
YouTube star 'Sir Kipsta' tragically passed away at age 17 following a seven-hour heart procedure, sparking an outpouring of love and respect from his fans across the globe.
Alex Dragomir, an ardent Manchester United supporter, shared a heartfelt last message with his followers before going into hospital. "Going in for a life-saving procedure," the teenager wrote less than 15 hours before his family announced his death. "If it doesn't work, then it's been a great time, people. Thank you for all you've done for me," he added.
Going in for a life saving procedure if it don’t work then it’s been a great time people thank you for all you’ve done for me but we pray we see it through and we pray we get fatter and fitter after it for them to see progress and not say they can’t do anything after surgery— Sir. Kipsta (@KipstaUnited) June 10, 2021
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His sister later informed his followers that he had passed away after a seven-hour procedure as "his heart couldn't take it anymore"
“Heaven gained another angel," she posted on his account. "He was my rock, my everything."
Helllo , as you all might already know my brother passed away today 💔🙏🏻he had a very hard operation which lasted 7 hours but his heart couldn’t take it anymore ,he was too weak to survive. Heaven gained another angel 👼 he was my rock my everything . RIP Alex 😪👼💔x pic.twitter.com/BRfbZIQfra— Sir. Kipsta (@KipstaUnited) June 11, 2021
Alex had forged an intimate relationship with his followers, regulating updating them on his condition and posting videos from his hospital bed to Facebook and YouTube. In a June 5 post, he thanked his fans for the support and told them he was "going to give it my best shot and I won't let nothing stop me."
The news of Alex's passing came as a "great sadness" to his teachers at his former school Cockshut Hill in Birmingham. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult and sad time," they said, as quoted by The Sun. Meanwhile, his followers paid their respects on Twitter, inundating the platform with an outpouring of love and support.
"RIP Alex. One of the nicest guys on here. Such a kind soul & would speak to anyone who wanted a chat. God will take care of you," one wrote.
"Just rewatching Kipsta’s videos and it's crushing. “I'm gonna give my best shot, and I won't let nothing stop me from giving my best shot” You gave it your all my friend, be proud of your strength, once again RIP Alex, God bless you," another added.
"You were the bravest person I’ve ever met. Even though you were going through you so much you were so caring and loving. You had so much love for life and your family... I’m so sorry Heaven gained an absolutely beautiful person today RIP, Alex," a third chimed in.
"Woke up and the first thing on my feed is the news of his death....it stung me so much, I had hope...I hoped he'd get through it..was such a nice fella..hope he finally gets his deserved rest free from this cruel world. Rip Alex..you'd never be forgotten," another wrote.
RIP Alex. One of the nicest guys on here. Such a kind soul & would speak to anyone who wanted a chat. God will take care of you ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aUtVROkvZq— Theo (@Thogden) June 11, 2021
Just rewatching Kipsta’s videos and its crushing.— 𝓲𝓭𝓲𝓸𝓽 ⭐️⭐️ (@idiotichelsea) June 11, 2021
“im gonna give my best shot, and i wont let nothing stop me from giving my best shot”
You gave it your all my friend, be proud of your strength, once again RIP Alex, god bless you. 💙 pic.twitter.com/k9A81gDCek
You were the bravest the person I’ve ever met. Even though you were going through you so much you were so caring and loving.— Breezy Montana (@JustTooBreezy) June 11, 2021
You had so much love for life and your family.... I’m so sorry 😞
Heaven gained an absolutely beautiful person today
RIP Alex pic.twitter.com/I1rmSCE2kC
- Woke up and the first thing on my feed is the news of his death..it stung me so much,I had hope..I hoped he'd get through it..was such a nice fella..hope he finally gets his deserved rest free from this cruel world. Rip Alex..you'd never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/vaM8X2ynhD— 𝗙𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗸𝗲𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗶𝗻✨🎈 Rip KIPSTA.🕊 (@IFrankensteinxx) June 11, 2021
Despite his passing, supporters are continuing to donate to a GoFundMe page that was originally set up to help Alex's mother as she had to quit her job to look after him.
“Kipsta has had heart failure which has gotten worse over the years to the point where he’s had to come into hospital where he’ll be living until he gets a heart transplant,” the page reads. “However, first he has to get fit for the transplant surgery. With money being an obvious worry, Kipsta needs our help."