Brazilian-born Celso Santebañes, also known as the Human Ken Doll, has died from leukemia.
But one thing he did not do was die in vain, leaving behind his looks to concentrate on his health in the end, according to People.
"Today I start a new cycle of my life," Santebañes said at the beginning of 2015, People reported. "I am starting chemotherapy and I admit I'm a little concerned about some side effects, like hair loss, nausea, my body's rejection [of chemotherapy], among other things, but I am no longer concerned with the issue of aesthetics. For me that doesn't matter. What matter[s] is my health now, and I will fight for it."
While receiving chemotherapy at the Federal University of Uberlândia Clinical Hospital in Brazil, the 21-year-old passed away from bacterial pneumonia brought on by the cancer. A Mirror report revealed “Santebañes first discovered he had cancer after visiting the hospital to treat infections caused by hydrogen fillers that were previously injected into his legs.”
Looking like a real life Ken doll, Santebañes realized how attractive he actually was before going under the knife after winning a modeling contest at the age of 16. He is reported to have spent tens of thousands to look like the perfect man, or doll for that matter.
“The Brazilian began the surgical transition into the Mattel doll after winning a modeling contest at age 16. He had four operations on his nose, chin and jaw, in addition to getting silicone implants in his chest,” reported The Mirror.
Saying he was a “doll enthusiast,” the young business man even began his own line of dolls under Celos in Los Angeles at the beginning of the year. Always keeping it real, Santebañes announced on Instagram he would soon be gone. “I’ve cried .. I see my world collapsed, I do not want anyone to pity me, just pray for me and respect me,” he wrote on his Instagram.
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