Teen YouTuber with ‘Benjamin Button’ disease dies aged 15

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American YouTube sensation Adalia Rose Williams, who was born with a rare condition known as “Benjamin Button Disease”, died Wednesday at the age of 15, according to her Facebook page.

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The news of the death of Williams, who was diagnosed as a baby with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome and shared details of her life with the rare genetic condition with her YouTube fans, was welcomed with grief by his fans. Over 170,000 comments have been left on the page, which has been shared over 115,000 times.

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Adalia Rose Williams has been released from this world,” reads the announcement on her Facebook page. “She came in quietly and left quietly, but her life was far from it. She touched MILLIONS of people and left the biggest imprint on everyone who knew her. She is no longer in pain and is now dancing to all the music that she likes.

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“I really wish that wasn’t our reality, but unfortunately it is. We want to say thank you to everyone who loved and supported her.”

Williams, from Austin, Texas, was diagnosed with progeria when she was three months old and was one of approximately 400 children worldwide living with the disease. She would have lost her hearing less than a month ago.

Although afflicted with an incurable syndrome that causes rapid aging, slow growth and hair loss, the teenager has caused a stir on YouTube, attracting nearly 3 million subscribers to her channel.

It makes me so sad,” one Facebook follower said. “Adalia Rose brought so much love and joy to the world. May she rest in peace.”

“My heart is broken hearing this news,” wrote another. “Your baby was and always will be a superhero to me, she is a shining light. I will remember her forever.

The disease Williams lived with is often referred to as “Benjamin Button” disease after the 2008 film “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” which starred Brad Pitt in the lead role. The film’s character ages in reverse before eventually dying.

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