YouTube star Melanie Ham – who amassed a loyal following thanks to her DIY craft tutorials – had been documenting her battle against cancer prior to her death last week
After bravely documenting her battle with cancer, YouTuber Melanie Ham has passed away at the age of 36.
The late star’s husband Robert shared the sad new via her social media platforms last week – revealing the mum-of-two died nine days before their 16th wedding anniversary.
Melanie had made a name for herself in the world of social media thanks to her sewing, crochet and DIY tutorials on YouTube.
Since being diagnosed with a type of sarcoma called epithelioid angiomyolipoma, the craft-lover also kept her fans informed about her health and her battle against cancer.
Announcing his wife’s sad passing on Instagram, Robert told how Melanie “fought until the end” and made “every moment count” before her tragic death.
Captioning a collection of picture’s of his late partner, he wrote: “It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness I share the news of the passing of my sweet, amazing, beautiful wife Melanie.
“If you’ve been following our journey I’m sure you were, like us, hopeful she could defeat this insidious disease. 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.
He continued: “We are short 9 days of our 16 year anniversary. 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.”
Robert then went on to reveal that despite his grief, he wanted to “celebrate an amazing woman and a life well-lived” when sharing the news of his wife’s passing.
“She loved passionately, created beautifully, provided abundantly and was my best friend all the way to the end,” he told Melanie’s 46,600 followers on Instagram.
He then went on to explain the inclusion of a picture of Melanie towards the end of her life in his online tribute to the late star.
“Here are a couple photos of her. Please understand the intent of the last one, it is very vulnerable, but am honored to be here with her on this journey,” the grieving husband concluded with.
“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.”
Many of Melanie’s fans, friends and fellow bloggers paid tribute to the late star in the comments.
“I am so, so sorry to learn of Melanie’s passing. I was praying for her and I am deeply saddened by the news,” Jeannette Kaplun wrote under Robert’s heartbreaking post.
“I met Melanie thanks to the blogging world and her kindness and smile always lit up the rooms she walked into. Robert, my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. I am so, so sorry.”
In an additional post, Melanie’s family revealed details of her funeral to be held later this week and encouraged those planning to attend to wear colourful attire.