American YouTube sensation Adalia Rose Williams, who was born with a rare condition known as the “Benjamin Button” disease, died Wednesday at the age of 15, according to her Facebook page.
The announcement of the death of Williams, who was diagnosed as a baby with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome and shared details of her life with the rare genetic disease with her YouTube fans, was met with heartbreak from her fans. More than 170,000 comments were left on the page, which had been shared more than 115,000 times.
“ Adalia Rose Williams was set free from this world,” the announcement on her Facebook page read. “She came into it quietly and left quietly, but her life was far from it. She touched MILLIONS of people and left the biggest imprint in everyone that knew her. She is no longer in pain and is now dancing away to all the music she loves.
“I really wish this wasn’t our reality but unfortunately it is. We want to say thank you to everyone that loved and supported her.”
Williams, who hailed from Austin, Tex., was diagnosed with progeria when she was three months old and was one of around 400 children worldwide who are living with the disease. She had reportedly lost her hearing less than a month ago.
Despite being afflicted with an incurable syndrome that causes rapid aging, slowed growth and hair loss, the teen was a sensation on YouTube , attracting nearly 3 million subscribers to her channel.
“ This makes me so sad,” one follower said on Facebook. “Adalia Rose brought so much love and joy to the world. May she rest in peace.”
“My heart is broken hearing this new,” wrote another. “Your baby was is and forever will be a superhero to me she is a shining light. I will forever remember her.”
The disease Williams was living with is often called the “Benjamin Button” disease after the 2008 film ‘ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ,’ which starred Brad Pitt in the titular role. The movie’s character ages in reverse before eventually dying.