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.”
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.
“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.
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