AN ANOREXIC influencer has died of heart failure aged 24 after sharing her harrowing battle with the disease on Instagram.
Blonde German Josi Maria passed away after announcing she was going on a holiday to Gran Canaria to her 120,000 subscribers, her mum said.
Maria, who hailed from Kiel in northern Germany, reportedly died after her heart stopped beating following years of suffering from anorexia, reports DE24.
The website says that she died in the arms of a friend.
Tragically, several days before her death, she had told her fans on Instagram: “I don’t want to be one of ten people who die of anorexia.”
Her mum announced her passing on vacation.
During the flight to Gran Canaria, Maria developed circulatory problems.
De24 reports that the influencer, whose health was poor as a result of the anorexia, fell asleep in her pal’s arms, and never woke up.
Maria had shared images of her battle with the eating disorder during her final difficult years, and tried to warn people of the dangers.
In June, she posted a photo of her in the gym appearing skeleton-thin.
She said in a heartbreaking message: “No, I don’t take this picture because I’m proud of my appearance.
“And no, I am also not posting it because I want to motivate others to look like me.
“In fact yes, the reason I am posting this picture is because I am on a journey and I want you to join me.
“I want to share my thoughts, and show that I am actively fighting anorexia.
“I also want to say, that we should not hide ourselves away no matter what psychological illnesses we have.”
Maria poignantly added: “And I want to say to everybody who doubts themselves that you are all wonderful, and be yourself and don’t try and change.
“Follow your dreams, fight hard, and you will see the rewards.”
After her death, Maria’s mum said on social media: “You were an angel on earth.
“For your fight against this serious disease, we loved you, admired you until the very end, and yet we had to watch helplessly as you lost this battle.
“You still had so many plans. You will always be in our midst, deep in our hearts, just unforgettable.”
She added: “I miss you so much, your mummy.”
Helplines on eating disorders and body image
For help and support on eating disorders and body image, you can call Beat Eating Disorders.
Its adult helpline is 0808 201 1677. The youth helpline is on 0808 801 0711.
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