YouTube has just confirmed the death of 24-year-old U.K. creator Nicole Thea, who was pregnant with her first child. News of her death was first posted on Thea’s Instagram account on Sunday, seemingly by her mother, who said Thea and her unborn son Reign passed away on Saturday morning. Thea is survived by her boyfriend and father of her unborn child, Global Boga.

“To all Nicole’s friends and supporters it is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Nicole and her son she and Boga named Reign sadly passed away on Saturday morning,” the post reads. “RIP My beautiful baby girl Nicnac and my grandson Reign, I will miss you for the rest of my life until we meet again in eternal heaven.”


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No further details have been released, but a rep for Thea says that she did not die during childbirth.

Thea was a YouTube lifestyle vlogger with her own lash, accessories, and sunglasses brand called Thea Kollection. Her channel has 89,000 subscribers and features hair tutorials, dance videos, and vlogs. She and Boga announced Thea’s pregnancy back in April, when they said she was 22 weeks along. 

Those in the British YouTuber and influencer community have shared messages in response to her death, including 2020 Winter Love Island contestant Priscilla Anyabu. 

“I’m completely devastated & numb," Anyabu wrote on Instagram. “You & Reign were taken to soon and there is nothing we can do or say to make this pain go away but we’re all here. We stand with @global_boga & your family.”

In the post announcing Thea’s death, her mother writes that viewers should expect a few more pre-scheduled videos to appear on Thea’s channel. This is a dark reality for YouTube creators: not only are their lives lived online, but so too are their deaths. YouTube does have some options in place for this eventuality, including Inactive Account Manager, which allows creators to designate someone to receive data if their account has been inactive for a certain period of time. A third party can also request funds, data, or that an account be closed following a creator’s death. 

After artist and longtime YouTuber Christina Grimmie was killed in June 2016, her past videos remained on her account. New videos have appeared in the years since her death, all in tribute to her career and The Christina Grimmie Foundation

YouTube and a rep for Thea did not immediately respond to a request for comment