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Health influencer Adriana Thyssen dead at 49, family asks for ‘prayer and compassion’

Brazilian fitness influencer Adriana Thyssen, who lost 100 pounds in just over a year, has died due to a mystery illness. She was 49 years old.

The fit-fluencer’s cousin announced her passing on the Instagram page of her plus-size sportswear bazaar, Drika Store.

“It is with deep sadness and regret that we, the Drika Blog and Drika Store team and family announce the death of our dear Drika,” the message read. “In this moment of pain, we ask for everyone’s prayer and compassion.”

Thyssen had reportedly died on September 17 at her home in Uberl?ndia, south of Brasília.

The Brazilian’s family has not disclosed the cause of death.

Thyssen was perhaps most famous for her weight loss content, which she regularly shared with her over 600,000 followers on Instagram.

Adriana Thyssen.
“I have a good sense of humor, I make fun of the worst moments in my life,” said Thyssen in one of the final posts before her death.
Jam Press

Her path to internet stardom was inspired in part by weight problems she suffered since childhood, which led her on a downward spiral into drug addiction and depression.

Thyssen openly talked about her issues on talk shows, local media reported.

“I was digging a deeper and deeper hole in my life,” lamented the social media star, who weighed over 220 pounds by the time she was 39.

Thyssen at the gym.
Thyssen had over 600,000 followers on Instagram at the time of her death.
Jam Press

Thyssen’s condition inspired her to embark on an epic pound-shedding pilgrimage that saw her adopt both healthy diet and exercise regimens.

As a result, the workout warrior dropped nearly 80 pounds in the first eight months, and 20 in the subsequent seven, Jam Press reported.

Thyssen attributed her epic weight loss to her healthy eating and exercise regiments, which she encouraged her followers to adopt should they want to follow suit.

A tribute to Thyssen uploaded to the official Instagram page of her sportswear bazaar Drika Store.
Thyssen’s cause of death remains unknown.
Jam Press

It appeared that a large load had been lifted off her mind as well.

“I have a good sense of humor, I make fun of the worst moments in my life,” said the gym bunny, who also had 500,000 Facebook followers, in one of the final posts before her death. “I am very open and frank. My sincerity, with everything that happened, made people follow me as if my life on social media was a reality show.”

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