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YouTuber Kipsta dies aged 17 after undergoing seven-hour heart operation

YouTuber Kipsta (Alex)
Tributes have poured in for Alex (Picture: YouTube/Kipsta)

YouTuber Kipsta has died at the age of 17, with thousands of fans sharing tributes online.

The teenager – whose real name was Alex – suffered from heart failure and it was hoped the operation may save his life.

His sister shared the news on his Twitter account, writing: ‘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’.

She added: ‘Thank you so much to those who supported Alex thru his hospital journey you all been so amazing !you all kept him going gave him the energy to carry on!

‘All the messages kept his head up . He carried on due to all the nice support he had from twitter. RIP Alex . (sic)’

In the weeks before his death, Alex opened up to fans about his upcoming heart surgery. He was known for keeping positive amid his stays in hospital, including with his ‘Hospital Reviews’ videos.

His final tweet read: ‘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.’

Alex’s channel currently has a following of 14,000, with more subscribing to honour the late YouTuber.

He shared football videos and was a Manchester United fan.

In one of his last videos, he thanked the football community after a GoFundMe was set up for him and his family.

‘I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart,’ he said. ‘I feel like I owe this video to everyone, and a special thanks to everyone, everyone who donated, those who shared, those of you who give kind messages every day, because that’s what gets me though.’

At the time of writing, the fundraiser has exceeded its £10,000 goal, raising more than £11,000.

Tributes have poured in for Alex, with one fan writing: ‘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.’

‘A humble guy who only wanted to help others, gone way too soon. rip alex,’ another said. One more added: ‘RIP Alex one of the most nicest guys on this app, Rest In perfect peace brother.’

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