Social media is mourning the loss of Spanish influencer Patricia Rite, who tragically died at age 30 following a courageous battle with skin cancer.
The social media star’s family confirmed her passing in a statement on April 16.
“Patricia left us. Her mother and her relatives ask for respect in these hard times,” they wrote, per Jam Press. “Thank you to all the people, who in one way or another, gave her support and love during this time, directly or indirectly.”
The Huelva native had been a fixture on social media, frequently posting content on fashion and cosmetics to her TikTok and Instagram pages, where she collectively amassed over 340,000 followers.
She also appeared on the Spanish reality TV dating show “Mujeres y Hombres y Viceversa.”
Rite’s life took a turn four years ago, however, when the budding star was diagnosed with skin cancer after she went to the doctor to remove a birthmark, Euro reported.
Despite the devastating news, the influencer continued to post prolifically, using her platforms to spread awareness about the insidious condition.
In her final Instagram video on April 5, Rite addressed fans from her hospital bed.
“Busy week, I was going to be treated on Tuesday but was finally admitted to hospital and treated on Friday,” she explained. “Since then, bad vomiting with an achy body until yesterday. I couldn’t move from the bathroom and I felt terrible.”
The brave Instagrammer added, “Today, I feel a little stronger. Since yesterday, I haven’t vomited and I’ve started eating, which I hadn’t done since Friday, and I’m starting to improve. Let’s go little by little.”
Rite’s legions of supporters were devastated over her loss.
“A huge hug to the whole family, I’m so sorry from the bottom of my heart,” wrote one mourner, while another lamented, “I cannot believe it. Life is super unfair, Patri.”
“Fly high, ever since I met you, you inspired me,” said a third bereaved follower. “My heart just skipped a beat. RIP precious, and a huge hug to her mother, family and friends.”
Unfortunately, skin cancer’s innocuous-seeming symptoms often make it difficult to diagnose it until it’s too late.
Last year, Australian model and influencer Oceana Strachan had her life turned upside down after a seemingly harmless freckle turned out to be a life-threatening melanoma.
Thankfully the Aussie survived the horrific ordeal, which she credited to detecting the disease early.