The German influencer Josi Maria, known for documenting her life with anorexia on social media, has died at the age of 24

Maria from Kiel in Northern Germany won more than 135000 followers when she openly discussed her eating disorder and shared pictures of her everyday life

She recently flew to Gran Canaria for a vacation, but her mother later announced that she passed away shortly after the flight

Maria is believed to have died of heart failure after suffering from circulatory problems and poor health as a result of her anorexia

Her mother commented on her last Instagram post three weeks ago, stating that Maria fell asleep in her friend’s arms while on vacation and never woke up

The day before I held you, dear Josi, in my arms, we went shopping and you are looking forward to Christmas and your vacation. The following night you fell asleep peacefully in the arms of your friend on Gran Canaria. Your little heart just fell asleep stopped beating

Maria is said to have traveled with her friend Vanja Resova after the couple became friends over the internet last year

According to the German newspaper Bild, Resova said the two friends had booked a one-way ticket to Gran Canaria during the lockdown

Josi asked if I could give her a quick hug and lie down with her for a moment. I then did so in the hope that she would eat something. I fell asleep shortly after her

When I woke up shortly after midnight, I noticed that she was no longer breathing. I tried to wake her up. If it didn’t work, I went to the front desk for help

Maria’s mother described her as an “angel on earth” and added: “For your fight against this serious illness we admired you to the last and still had to watch helplessly as you lost this fight”

She has motivated many of you every day to see the positive in everything and to stay strong

As God wanted, she is now up with the angels and looks down on us. It leaves a great void

Your message that we should never forget: “It is important that you stand by yourself and say yes, I need help.” Accepting help is a sign of strength

Maria often shared posts warning others about anorexia and encouraging them to read up on her own struggles just days before her death, telling her Instagram fans that she didn’t want to be someone dying of anorexia

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Emily Brown started delivering critical messages when she was just 13 years old when she started her career with a paper round. She graduated from Lancaster University with a BA Hons in English in Media and became a freelance writer and Blogger Emily contributed to the Sunday Times Travel Magazine and Student Problems before becoming a journalist at UNILAD, where she works on breaking news and longer forms

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