Inspirational Cystic Fibrosis Patient Is Dead at 21

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Claire Wineland, who gained a huge online following for documenting her battle with lung disease, passed away at the age of 21, leaving behind thousands of devastated supporters. She miraculously woke up 16 days later, and started her foundation later that year.

She had over 2,50,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. She was born with cystic fibrosis - a genetic disease that floods the body with mucus and causes frequent lung infections - in 1997.

Mortality and life were subjects Wineland liked to explore in her social media posts and videos, although a good number were devoted to other kinds of fun.

A week later she posted another tearful video to thank people for their help raising the $200,000 on GoFundMe.

"She was not in any pain and the medical staff said it was the most peaceful passing they had ever witnessed", Laura McHolm, chairman of the board of Wineland's foundation, said in a statement.

Throughout her life, Wineland tried not to take herself too seriously, joking in videos about the absurdities swirling around her - like people stopping her at Whole Foods to tell her eating more pineapple or doing a mushroom cleanse would cure her, according to CNN.

"Sick people deserve to be seen as more than hollow shells just waiting for their lives to begin". But she also realized many others dealing with the condition didn't have the same emotional and financial infrastructure. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

A Californian, she rose to popularity through YouTube and Instagram especially.

Following the transplant, she suffered a stroke. We're grateful for all the work she's done - we'll miss her dearly.

Among those paying tribute on Twitter were fellow YouTubers Shane Dawson, who said his "heart hurts so bad", and Casey Neistat, who called her "truly one of the greats". She had a blood clot that cut off blood flow to the right side of her brain and had to undergo emergency brain surgery to relieve the pressure building and save her life. "I went into full-on lung failure", she explained.

The foundation described Wineland as "one red hot spark of inspiration and joy". I've spent the past year just barely holding myself above ground- juggling being sick with the deep incessant need in me to do something of value with my time. "Living a life we can be proud of is something we can control". "I didn't realize how much I didn't expect to live this long", she said. "Go enjoy it, 'cause there are people fighting like hell for it".

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