Israeli TikTok star famous for mocking own obesity dies aged 28

Idan Ohayon, influencer followed by tens of thousands, known for content expressing love of food but also mocking weight problem; many fans post messages expressing struggle with news

Ran Boker|
Israeli social media star Idan Ohayon died on Tuesday overnight at Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon at the age of 28.
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  • Ohayon was a content creator with tens of thousands of followers on various social media networks.
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    The family said the cause of death was medical, and his funeral will be held Wednesday at a cemetery in Kiryat Gat. Ohayon leaves behind a mother, brother, and sister.
    In his videos, Ohayon often combined his love for food and was not afraid to make a laugh of himself and his weight.
    With over 115,000 followers on TikTok, 45,000 on Instagram, and thousands of YouTube subscribers, he was considered a prominent and well-known influencer in Israel.
    His latest posts on Instagram were filled this morning with many messages from his followers who admired him and struggled to digest the grim news.
    A few months ago, he was cast on a documentary-reality show named "The Creatoks" alongside other internet influencers who were competing for the title of - Israel's best content creator.
    "One day, I decided to return to social media, so I uploaded a video on TikTok," Ohayon said in an interview to Ynet a few months ago.
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    "Suddenly, I reached 300,000 views in 24 hours, so I posted another video and another one, and views kept coming. I returned to my old life and gained a lot of followers and it was cool. People even recognized me when I was walking on the street and asked for selfies.
    "Then I got a call from an agency that told me they want me for a reality show of social media stars, at first I had my doubts, but as I Googled and saw it was a serious agency, I agreed, went to an auction, and they informed me I'm in."

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