Fans Mourn YouTube Star Nicole Thea Who Passed Away During Childbirth
Photo Credit: @nicoletheatv Instagram
What was supposed to be a joyous occasion turned out to be a day of mourning after the online community learned the news of YouTube star Nicole Thea’s death at age 24.
Thea, who has nearly 77,000 subscribers on YouTube, was based in the U.K. and known for sharing many aspects of her life including her travels, beauty regimen, and relationship with fellow YouTuber, Global Boga.
Two months ago, Nicole released a video revealing that she and Boga were expecting a baby. The two were planning to have a son, which they named Reign, and had been using their channel to share the progress of Nicole’s first pregnancy.
Unfortunately, as Nicole was expected to give birth on Saturday morning, something went wrong. In an Instagram statement from Nicole’s family, it was revealed that both mother and son did not make it. She was 8 months pregnant.
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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. Also Nicole pre-schedule a few YouTube videos and Boga has made the decision to allow them to be aired. As a family we ask that you give us privacy because our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened. Thank you her mum 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. Xxx
Nicole had already pre-scheduled videos to go out and, according to her mother, Boga has made the decision to allow them to be aired. The most recent video, which went out after Nicole’s untimely passing, was a behind-the-scenes video of Nicole’s maternity shoot.
Nicole’s loved ones took to social media to share memories with the mother-to-be.
R.I.P to my sister Nicole and Baby Reign. I will forever love you. My heart is soo broken I can’t even cope 💔 pic.twitter.com/QEJlmsEkoW
— 💔 (@nellarose_) July 12, 2020
Many fans offered heartfelt sympathy to Boga and Nicole’s family.
completely drenched in tears, rest in perfect peace nicole and baby reign 💔 pic.twitter.com/AIYESRbkPn
— ･ﾟBree Runway ☆ (@breerunway) July 12, 2020
life is so short omg💔 pic.twitter.com/xg7MtFFXMa
— lee (@leekarlae) July 12, 2020
You didn’t even need to know Nicole personally to see how excited her and Boga were to be parents. You could just tell they were soul mates. Such sad news man. RIP Nicole Thea and baby Reign 🙏🏾🤍
— ADEOLA PATRONNE. (@AdeolaPatronne) July 12, 2020
We lost a Queen and a child with a potential great future.
There is a man whose metal and emotional state is going to need help. Please pray for him and help if and where you can.
R.I.P Nicole Thea & Reign ❤️
— King Craft 🇯🇲 (@iKhristenCraft) July 12, 2020
Rest in heavenly peace Nicole Thea 🙏🏽 💡 pic.twitter.com/WeTikqqwnd
— Baby💫🇬🇭 (@itz_karenx) July 12, 2020
Others used the moment to point out the ugly facts about the healthcare industry and how much higher the maternal mortality rate is for Black women in both the U.S. and the U.K.
— Kazi (@Kaazi_Mti) July 12, 2020
There is NO reason why healthy, active black women should be dying of child birth in 2020!!!! But seeing how many racist doctors show themselves over on LinkedIn, I’m not surprised. Ladies. Get a Nigerian obgyn, and that’s where I’m gonna leave it.
— I’ll cut off all my …… for you (@ANSTYLEdotCOM) July 12, 2020
Our condolences are with Nicole and Boga’s families, loved ones, and the YouTube community.