Hundreds of tributes have been paid to YouTube star ‘Sir Kipsta’ after his death at just 17
A YOUTUBE star known as ‘Sir Kipsta’ has died aged 17 after a seven-hour heart operation – as his sister paid a moving tribute to her “angel” today.
Man U super-fan Alex Dragomir posted a tragic last message on Twitter before going into hospital.
Less than 15 hours before his family announced his death, the teen said: “Going in for a life-saving procedure.
“If it don’t work, then it’s been a great time people.
“Thank you for all you’ve done for me.”
But his sister then informed devastated followers he had died as “his heart couldn’t take it any more.”
He lost his life after a seven-hour procedure, she said. Alex has suffered heart problems for some time, and was hospitalised awaiting a transplant.
Posting on his account, she wrote: “Heaven gained another angel.
“He was my rock, my everything.”
Alex regularly updated followers on his condition, and posted videos from his hospital bed to Facebook and YouTube.
On June 5, he thanked followers for their support – and told them: “I’m going to give it my best shot and I won’t let nothing stop me.”
Teachers at his former school, Cockshut Hill in Birmingham, are among those to pay tribute after news of his death was announced – and said the news came as a “great sadness” to them.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult and sad time,” they said.
Others have taken to Twitter and YouTube to pay their respects to an “absolute legend”.
One said: “You were the bravest person I’ve ever met.
“Even though you were going through you so much you were so caring and loving. You had so much love for life and your family… I’m so sorry.
Helllo , as you all might already know my brother passed away today 💔🙏🏻he had a very hard operation which lasted 7 hours but his heart couldn’t take it anymore ,he was too weak to survive. Heaven gained another angel 👼 he was my rock my everything . RIP Alex 😪👼💔x pic.twitter.com/BRfbZIQfra
— Sir. Kipsta (@KipstaUnited) June 11, 2021
.@CockshutHillSch It is with great sadness, the news of ex student Alex Dragomir @KipstaUnited passing away today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult and sad time. ❤️ R.I.P Alex
— Cockshut Hill School (@CockshutHillSch) June 11, 2021
“Heaven gained an absolutely beautiful person today.”
Another told Alex’s sister: “Your brother had the most beautiful soul.
“The most selfless and genuine kid I’ve ever spoken to who always looked out for others.
“May Alex rest in peace, he’ll never be forgotten.”
A third said: “Alex was such a genuine and kind hearted person, the way he stayed positive throughout all this was absolutely inspirational.
“He will be remembered as a valiant warrior.”
Meanwhile, supporters are continuing to donate to a GoFundMe page initially set up after Alex’s mum had to quit her job in order to support him.
“Kipsta has had heart failure which has gotten worse over the years to the point where he’s had to come into hospital where he’ll be living until he gets a heart transplant,” a statement on the site reads.
“However, first he has to get fit for the transplant surgery.
“With money being an obvious worry, Kipsta needs our help.”