By Muhammad Atef | June 11, 2021

RIP Alex trending as 17-year-old football YouTuber Kipsta passes away

In the early hours of June 11, it was announced that young YouTuber Kipsta passed away during a heart operation. Twitter has honored the 17-year-old by getting RIP Alex to trend.

During an ongoing battle with heart failure, the football enthusiast was admitted to hospital in early May after being informed that he needed an urgent heart transplant. He vlogged his experience for thousands of fans, constantly approaching his hospital treatment with a smile.

In order to honor his memory and contribution to the social media scene, fans have managed to get ‘RIP Alex’ trending on Twitter.

Kipsta
Twitter: KipstaUnited

The 17-year-old shared much of his hospital journey with his online fanbase.

YouTuber Kipsta passes away at 17

In a tweet from his Twitter account, Alex’s sister broke the news of his passing at 3:45 AM, on June 11. Sharing a beautiful photo of the pair, the Tweet has almost 60k likes at the time of writing.

“As you all might already know my brother passed away today,” she writes. “He had a very hard operation which lasted seven hours but his heart couldn’t take it anymore, he was too weak to survive. Heaven gained another angel.”

A follow-up tweet thanks fans for their ongoing support: “You all kept him going gave him the energy to carry on! All the messages kept his head up. He carried on due to all the nice support he had from Twitter.”

Even Alex himself posted a tweet before the surgery was underway, giving his fans a fond farewell in case of the worst. “Going in for a life-saving procedure if it don’t work then it’s been a great time people thank you for all you’ve done for me,” the YouTube star wrote prior to the operation.

RIP Alex trends on Twitter

In response to the news, people have been tweeting out “RIP Alex” in order to get Alex’s story trending.

Manchester United star Marcus Rashford shared an image of Alex holding his children’s book ‘YOU are a Champion’, writing: “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.”

FIFA Twitch streamer, Milkydinho, paid tribute to the avid football fan by writing: “This is the saddest thing I’ve read in a long time, I personally didn’t know Alex but always seen his updates on my TL and I can’t imagine what his family is going through right now.”

Mark Goldbridge, a presenter for United’s fan channel The United Stand, urged people to get Alex’s YouTube channel to 10k views, writing “I expect this to be done in 10 minutes.”

If you’d like to get involved in this effort, the link to Alex’s channel is here.

Tributes are continuing to pour in across social media, showing just how many lives Alex and his story touched.





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