YouTube star Nicole Thea has died on Saturday at the age of 24, along with her unborn baby.
The London-based influencer’s family confirmed the news on Sunday in an Instagram post, stating that Thea’s unborn son had also died. No cause of death has been revealed.
A statement from her mum said the 24-year-old, who was eight months pregnant, had named her child Reign with her partner Boga. The statement read “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.”
The message explained that Thea had pre-scheduled “a few YouTube videos” to upload on her channel before her death, and her boyfriend, Boga, had “made the decision to allow them to be aired.”
The family asked for privacy, saying “our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened.”
Thea announced her pregnancy back in April with an Instagram video showing off her baby bump while dancing beside Boga.
“We can’t hide this any longer, secrets out… GOD gave us the biggest blessing yet. I’m finally creating a beautiful little human inside of me,” the accompanying caption read. “Can’t believe this bubba will behalf of me and half of the loml. Honestly, Boga has been the best support ever and God made no mistakes making him the father.” She added: “We are already obsessed with you our little miracle baby. Thank you for choosing us to be your parents and best friends.”
On Saturday morning, her boyfriend shared a video of himself dancing with a baby carriage and said in a post the week before that he believed his son was arriving on a Monday.