YouTube star Melanie Ham dies after cancer battle aged 36
YouTuber Melanie Ham has passed away after a battle with cancer at age 36.
Melanie's husband shared the news on social media from her account, revealing his "sweet, amazing, beautiful wife" sadly died only nine days before their 16th anniversary.
"If you've been following our journey I'm sure you were, like us, hopeful she could defeat this insidious disease," he wrote. "Over the past few months things have been progressively getting worse and we're thankful that we made it to this point through the holidays and tried to make every moment count."
"My family, our doctors, our nurses and especially Melanie fought until the end and did all we could do to avoid today, but that is not our path. Let me reassure all those rooting for us, Melanie fought like a warrior queen," he added. "Despite the deep grief my family and I feel today we want to celebrate an amazing woman and a life well-lived. She loved passionately, created beautifully, provided abundantly and was my best friend all the way to the end."
As he continued his tribute, he referred to his late wife as an "extraordinary woman" and thanked fans for their support.
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"She can now walk, and sing, and dance in a way her body did not allow over the last few months. She relied on her faith in Jesus all the way to the end and she will always be with me," he wrote. "I'm so immensely grateful for the gifts and messages and especially prayers, thank you."
"Peace and love to you all, hug those you love today, put up a toast of Bourbon (her favorite, that she hasn't partaken in during her journey) and say a prayer for my beautiful, strong children," he added.
Melanie had nearly one million YouTube subscribers, best known for her videos on knitting, quilting, crochet and more.
In May 2020, Melanie revealed she had been diagnosed with epithelioid angiomyolipoma, a form of cancer that develops in bones and soft tissues and is "very, very rare."
Her most recent health update was posted in October 2021.
"Back in May you might remember I had a surgery. The goal was to be tumor free and the procedure was a success at the hands of my amazing surgeons. We were very happy with the outcome…. but only 5 weeks after surgery I had new symptoms and after a scan we discovered that the cancer spread and had become very aggressive… again," she wrote in a blog post on her website.