Beloved Filipino YouTuber Who Tested Positive For COVID-19 Dies of Heart Attack
More details have emerged on the recent death of a beloved Filipino video blogger, who has garnered more than 5 million subscribers on YouTube.
Gone too soon: Lloyd Cafe Cadena, considered by many as “one of the pioneers of YouTube vlogging” in the Philippines, passed away on Friday at age 26.
Cadena’s family took to Facebook to announce his passing: “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we announce the untimely demise of our beloved brother Lloyd Cafe Cadena.”
The post, which sought for the “public’s prayers, respect, and privacy,” was posted on Cadena’s own Facebook account that has nearly 7 million Facebook followers.
While the initial statement did not include the cause of death, a subsequent post on Sunday revealed that the internet personality suffered from a heart attack while asleep.
Cadena’s family also shared that he tested positive for COVID-19 before his death.
“Lloyd was confined in the hospital on September 1 due to high fever and dry cough. He was tested for COVID-19 on the same day which the result came out positive on September 3,” the post read.
According to the post, all his relatives and loved ones isolated themselves after the diagnosis.
Cadena was cremated on Saturday and his remains were kept in the family’s home in Cavite, Philippines.
Short but stellar career: Cadena, who created his first YouTube channel back in 2010, had over 8 million subscribers across two YouTube channels upon his death. He is widely credited for paving the way for other Filipino content creators.
Over the course of a decade, Cadena endeared himself to his fans with witty and hilarious takes on everyday Filipino life.
He also documented his travels and included his friends and families in some of his videos.
Cadena’s fanbase, called the “Cadenators,” expressed their sorrow over the loss, filling his social media channels with messages of condolences.
Cadena’s close friend, YouTuber Michelle Dy, posted a series of messages on her Instagram Story last week.
“I love you so much Lloyd…and I thank the Lord that I was able to [make] you feel how much you mean to me…I don’t regret anything because I know deep inside I expressed how much I love you and how much I appreciated you and I know you felt that,” she wrote.
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