TikTok star who mocked his own weight dies at 28

Israeli TikTok star Idan Ohayon, who rose to fame for mocking his own obesity on camera, has died unexpectedly at the age of 28.

Ohayon, who had over 140,000 followers and 2 million likes on the platform, reportedly died Wednesday night at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, local news outlet Ynetnews.com reported. The social media star’s family confirmed he died of a medical problem but didn’t elaborate.

Ohayon became an instant sensation after posting videos of himself eating and mocking his own weight.

“One day I decided to go back to social media, so I uploaded a video to TikTok,” Ohayon said a few months ago, while describing his meteoric rise to social media stardom. “All of a sudden I hit 300,000 views in 24 hours, so I posted another video and another one and the views just kept coming.”

The intrepid foodie, who also had 52,000 Instagram followers, added: “I went back to my old life and gained a lot of followers and it was cool. People even recognized me when I was walking down the street and asked for selfies.”

Ohayon often made fun of his own weight on camera.

Ohayon often made fun of his own weight on camera.


Ohayon appeared on the reality show "the creatoks," in which he competed with other influencers for the title of best content creator in Israel.

Ohayon appeared on the reality show The Creatoks, where he competed with other influencers for the title of best content creator in Israel.


Ohayon's family said his death was due to a medical issue but didn't elaborate.

Ohayon’s family said his death was due to a medical issue but didn’t elaborate.


Ohayon had over 140,000 followers and 2 million likes on TikTok at the time of his death.

Ohayon had over 140,000 followers and 2 million likes on TikTok at the time of his death.


The Israeli influencer gained further recognition a few months ago after being cast in a documentary series called The Creatoks, in which he vied with fellow social media stars for the title of best content creator in Israel.

In his last post on Monday, which was viewed 1.4 million times, Ohayon was spotted eating a hearty Ethiopian meat dish called doro wat.

Devastated by his loss, his legions of devoted fans took to the comment sections of TikTok and Instagram to pay tribute to the late social media star.

"One day I decided to return to social media, so I uploaded a video to TikTok," Ohayon said while describing his meteoric rise to social media stardom. "All of a sudden I hit 300,000 views in 24 hours so I posted another video and another and the views just kept coming."

“One day I decided to go back to social media, so I uploaded a video to TikTok,” Ohayon said while describing his meteoric rise to social media stardom. “All of a sudden I hit 300,000 views in 24 hours, so I posted another video and another one and the views just kept coming.”


Ohayon often filmed himself eating various foods.

Ohayon often filmed himself eating various foods.


In his latest video, released on Monday, the influencer was spotted eating doro wat, an Ethiopian meat dish.

In his latest video, released on Monday, the influencer was spotted eating doro wat, an Ethiopian meat dish.


“My heart is broken such a young man,” wrote one dejected fan. “May his memory be blessed.”

Another said: “I’ve known you since you started the network, I’ll miss you dear friend.”

Ohayon’s funeral was held in the Israeli city of Kiryat Gat on Wednesday.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/08/tiktok-star-who-lampooned-his-own-weight-dies-at-28/ TikTok star who mocked his own weight dies at 28

Emma Bowman

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