Beloved 16-Year-Old Vine Star Dies After Battling Cancer for Years

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Sad, sad news to report today. After courageously fighting cancer for two years, Vine star Emma Greer DiBiase (better known as GIBBERTON) passed away on March 27. The 16-year-old social media sensation was diagnosed with Stage IV Alveolar Rhabdomyosarcoma at in October 2013, and quickly became known on the video-sharing app for her positive attitude toward the disease.

“Through grieving you learn more about yourself than you could ever even imagine,” her boyfriend wrote on Twitter shortly after her passing. “I love you em. My happiness is just the absence of my sadness…happiness is temporary…my sadness is a constant stream, it flows like blood in my body. Through pain is learning, and through learning is understanding. Life has a catch. Be closed off and secluded, free of pain, yet forever naive or be open & be at risk of taking in life’s pain, & learn thru experiences. But what really matters is if you can handle it and interpret it.”

Although Emma briefly went into remission in 2014, her cancer returned in April 2015 and by January of this year she was told it had spread throughout her body and she would only have 3 weeks to 3 months to live. Throughout it all, the brown-eyed beauty always kept her chin up. In fact, the Viner wrote an update about her health just over a week before she passed.

Shortly after they heard the news of Emma’s death, other Vine and YouTube stars wrote beautiful messages about her on their own social media pages.

Our hearts are broken. RIP Emma.

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