Twenty-seven-year-old fitness influencer Cheyann Shaw died on Monday, January 4, according to a post shared on her Instagram. Shaw was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2016 and completed chemotherapy in 2018. She was cancer-free for over a year, but in January 2020 the disease returned.

“With heavy hearts, we are sad to announce that our beautiful girl Cheyann has been called home to heaven,” reads the caption of the post announcing the news. Shaw’s  mother, Darci Clark, is also quoted: “My heart is breaking today, our baby girl lost her long battle with ovarian cancer. She fought until the bitter end. She is a true warrior and survivor. She will be truly missed and will forever be in my heart.”

Shaw, who lived in Florida with her husband Kaleb, began posting on Instagram in 2014, and gained over 220,000 followers as she candidly shared her fitness regimen while battling Stage 4 Ovarian cancer starting in 2016. She documented the changes in her body and how she adapted, and was open about every step of her treatment.

“I was informed today that I was one of the sickest patients my nurses have seen in a very long time,” she wrote after she went into remission in 2018. “I literally had one foot in the grave because it was Stage 4B and it didn’t help that the cancer I had, was resistant to chemo.”

Shaw remained courageous and optimistic when the cancer returned in early 2020. 

“Mentally, I’m doing okay,” she wrote. “I have my days where all the emotions hit me and I have days where I forget that I have to do this again. I’m staying strong and positive tho, but breakdowns for sure happen which is perfectly fine. My biggest breakdown....seeing the support that I’ve received from all of you.”

Shaw also vlogged her experiences on YouTube, posting Q&As and fitness routines for over 16,000 subscribers

Her husband, a real estate agent, also shared the news of her death on his Instagram

“Today my beautiful wife Cheyann has gone home to be with Jesus,” he wrote. “My heart is broken. I can’t imagine my life without her. I know she is in a better place away from the pain and suffering that comes with dealing with cancer. She is my hero, best friend and inspired not only myself, but thousands of people around the world. Please continue to pray for my family as we go through this difficult time.”