YouTube star Felicia O’Dell, known to her social media following as Auntie Fee, died at age 59 in a hospital in Los Angeles on Friday.
The South LA homemaker famous for her fried food cooking and curse words passed away at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center after suffering a heart attack, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Fee was placed on life support last Tuesday after suffering a massive heart attack, according to TMZ.
YouTube star Felicia O’Dell, known to her social media following as Auntie Fee, died at age 59 in a hospital in Los Angeles early Friday; she is seen here in her LA kitchen in February 2015
Her son, Tavis Hunter, officially confirmed her death in a Facebook post on Friday evening, writing, ‘Thank you for all the prayers and hope, it did all it can do and now God made the decision to take my mother home.’
Fee, who called her fans her ‘penpals,’ had amassed quite a following that called themselves her ‘Fee-mily’ after her son posted a video of her cooking with her now-famous flare for the dramatic that went viral in 2014.
In a time where social media has been accused of breaking down communication, Fee had managed to forge real-life connections with those who watched her swear and cook with delight on a daily basis.
In early 2015, the unconventional and unfiltered chef even flew across the country to New York to attend the funeral of a person she had struck up a friendship with, according to another report by the Los Angeles Times.
Her son, Tavis Hunter, confirmed her death via a Facebook post on Friday; the two are seen here in a collage posted to social media
Fee, seen here in a social media post made soon after he passing on Friday, called her fans her ‘penpals’ and they called themselves her ‘Fee-mily’
Fee’s son, Tavis Hunter, officially confirmed her death in a Facebook post Friday evening
One grieving post from a user named Tina Majeski read: ‘I love you so much auntie, can’t wait to see your beautiful face and hear your voice. You’re in my heart and spirit forever’
After news of her passing broke, her nearly 1 million combined family, friends, followers and subscribers from Facebook and YouTube posted their condolences and shared feelings of loss and grief to both her and her son’s timelines.
One post from a user named Tina Majeski read: ‘I love you so much auntie, can’t wait to see your beautiful face and hear your voice. You’re in my heart and spirit forever.’
Her reach expanded so far so quickly that it won her appearances on both the Steve Harvey Show and Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Fee had over 500,000 subscribers on YouTube alone
Auntie Fee is seen here on the Steve Harvey Show in April 2015
It was her raw, real style that drew people to her. Even when her star began to rise, she stayed true to herself, to the point of refusing a lip waxing before going on set for Steve Harvey because she said her face looked crooked without the upper lip hair.
She expected the same of her online community, and cultivated that environment.
‘I want them to feel comfortable,’ Fee told the Times in February 2015. ‘My audience doesn’t] have to dress a certain way to see me or talk a certain way to come in contact with me.’
After the premature report of her passing on Wednesday, the story turned true on Friday when he she lost the battle for her life. Her bother, June O’Dell told the Times that Fee refused to change her eating habits. She had been earlier quoted as saying, ‘I’ll marry lard, Lard is the Lord.’
Fee appeared on the 500th episode of the Steve Harvey Show
Fee was known for being an unfiltered version of herself and building community around that, as evidenced by this collage shared to social media on Friday
Fee’s reach extended beyond social media, even though a major outlet for outpouring of grief over her death included posts like this one, made Friday