Popular makeup artist and YouTube beauty vlogger Mel Thompson tragically died on Sunday, September 26, 2021, at the age of 35 years. The news of her death was confirmed by her husband a day later in a heartbreaking tribute on Instagram. Thompson, who was also known by her alias ‘Puffin’s Wife’, is survived by her husband and four children. She died barely seven weeks after her 35th birthday celebration.
Thompson had over 56,100 followers on Instagram and more than 169,000 subscribers on YouTube. Her last video, titled ‘Wayne Goss Mine 4K’ was uploaded just three days ago, which has now crossed 30,000 views. In the past few months, we have lost many prominent and budding YouTube stars like Sir Kipsta, Umm Ziyad, and Bashurverse.
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Mel was a doting mother to her children. On the occasion of Mother’s Day in 2020, she famously wrote, “I grew up always saying I would never have kids. Here I am today with 4 and I wouldn’t trade places with anyone. I’m so grateful to have such amazing kids and an amazing family. Being a mom is both rewarding and extremely frustrating at times but ALWAYS more rewarding. To my babies, (you’ll always be babies to me) I love you with all my heart.”
Mel’s husband shared a heartbreaking post about her, revealing the shocking news of her death to her followers. Accompanied by a series of her photos, the husband wrote, “Mel sadly passed away yesterday. It’s really hard to just choose 10 photos. We lost a beautiful person. I just wanted to show the smiles she brought. I’ve had to answer so many texts of people just checking in on her without even knowing of her passing. It’s great to see how loved she was. And she loved all you right back. I’ll continue to love her and miss her forever. She was such a pillar for our family. The kids would talk to her non stop and she was constantly talking with them and trying to help them with their stuff. And no matter how bad she felt, she would still rub my back when I came and jumped on the bed next to her while she was working tirelessly to put out content. Everybody knows how talented she was as an artist and with her helpful knowledge, but those closest to her know how truly wonderful she was. She would have done anything to help anyone without a second thought. I wish I had her back.”
The exact cause of her death was not revealed in the post and still remains unknown. Meanwhile, she was mourned by fellow YouTubers, celebrities, and her followers who sent in their condolences for the family.
Celebrity MUA Lisa Eldridge wrote, “I’m so deeply saddened and shocked. My thoughts are with friends and family …. truly heartbreaking.” Beauty vlogger James Welsh said, “Such sad news. I’m so sorry for your loss.” His twin brother and fellow Makeup artist Robert Welsh wrote, “This is such heartbreaking news. Mel was such a wonderful person. I’m so deeply sorry for your loss.”
“I’m in absolute SHOCK!!!!!!! Pls tell me this isn’t true!!!!!!!!!! RIP my beautiful Mel,” wrote actor Fumi Desalu-Vold. YouTuber Nikkia Joy also mourned her death saying, “I am in utter shock. This is the most heartbreaking news. I am so so sorry for your loss, the world will not be the same without Mel.”