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Alex Dragomir, a 17-year-old YouTuber known online as Sir Kipsta, died Thursday night after a seven-hour heart operation, according to a tweet from his Twitter account.
Dragomir was a micro-influencer in the world of YouTube football (soccer) fans. He had previously attended Cockshut Hill School in England, according to a tweet the school posted about his death.
.@CockshutHillSch It is with great sadness, the news of ex student Alex Dragomir @KipstaUnited passing away today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult and sad time. ❤️ R.I.P Alex
— Cockshut Hill School (@CockshutHillSch) June 11, 2021
A tweet from Dragomir’s account, which appeared to be sent by his sister, announced his death and thanked viewers for their support over the past few months as the teen football fan struggled with health issues.
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 pic.twitter.com/BRfbZIQfra
— Sir. Kipsta (@KipstaUnited) June 11, 2021
“Heaven gained another angel,” the tweet said.
After they learned of his death, many viewers circulated an idea to grow Dragomir’s YouTube subscribers to 10,000. That goal was quickly shattered in a few hours. The Sir Kipsta channel, which started at 2,500 subscribers on Thursday, has surpassed over 25,000 subscribers as of Friday afternoon.
“Alex tried his best to survive until the end,” Dragomir’s sister running the KipstaUnited Twitter account, told Insider.
Social media ‘saved’ Dragomir during his last few weeks
In February, Dragomir, who said he suffered from heart-related health issues, started posting his thoughts and live reactions to professional European football games, focusing on Manchester United. His channel remained relatively small, maintaining a following of around 2,500 subscribers.
His condition worsened in May and he was admitted to the hospital while awaiting a heart transplant, he said in videos at the time.
Dragomir said posting about his medical problems on social media brought positivity to his life in a difficult time.
“When the news came I had to stay [at the hospital] until the procedure was done, I got very sad,” Dragomir said in a YouTube video on his channel about his medical journey. “My mental health was declining but Twitter saved me.”
In the weeks before his death, Dragomir posted selfies from the hospital, notes with his caloric intake, and his appreciation for his thousands of new Twitter followers.
Late thank you for 11.000 followers , still amazes me to this day that people follow to witness my journey and hop along the train of life . Never would of thought ever in a million years
— Sir. Kipsta (@KipstaUnited) June 6, 2021
“YouTube helped him express himself to the world,” Dragomir’s sister told Insider. “He wanted to share his story and wanted others to understand him.”
‘RIP Alex’ trended on Twitter as fans showed support
When the news of Dragomir’s death spread on Thursday night and into Friday morning, social media users mourned the loss of the young football fan.
The phrase “RIP Alex” was trending on Twitter on Friday, with over 15,000 tweets remembering the content creator.
Marcus Rashford, a professional football player for Manchester United, shared a picture of Dragomir reading the athlete’s book, “You Are a Champion,” and said that he was “always thankful of your support.”
My guy. I hope this book brought you at least a little enjoyment at the end. What an absolute superstar, fought until the very end. I was always thankful of your support 💔 @KipstaUnited https://t.co/YnSUwJ9KoE
— Marcus Rashford MBE (@MarcusRashford) June 11, 2021
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 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/aUtVROkvZq
— Theo (@Thogden) June 11, 2021
Just rewatching Kipsta’s videos and its crushing.
“im gonna give my best shot, and i wont let nothing stop me from giving my best shot”
You gave it your all my friend, be proud of your strength, once again RIP Alex, god bless you. 💙 pic.twitter.com/k9A81gDCek
— 𝓲𝓭𝓲𝓸𝓽 ⭐️⭐️ (@idiotichelsea) June 11, 2021
You were the bravest the person I’ve ever met. Even though you were going through you so much you were so caring and loving.
You had so much love for life and your family…. I’m so sorry 😞
Heaven gained an absolutely beautiful person today
RIP Alex pic.twitter.com/I1rmSCE2kC
— Breezy Montana (@JustTooBreezy) June 11, 2021
Members of the online football-fan community started a GoFundMe that has raised over $20,000, though it’s currently unclear where the money will be going.