YouTube star and makeup artist Mel Thompson, best known on the internet as Puffin’s Wife, passed away last weekend, her husband said in an emotional message on Instagram. He did not disclose the cause of her death.

“We have lost a wonderful person”

On Monday, Mel’s husband shared the news on social media with a series of photos. “Sadly Mel passed away yesterday. We have lost a wonderful person,” he writes. “It’s fantastic to see how much loved she was. And she loved you too. I will love and miss her continuously.’

Mel leaves behind four children. “She was the pillar of our family. The kids were talking to her all the time, she to them and she was constantly trying to help them with things.’ The message hit the online beauty community, where Mel had nearly 58,000 followers on Instagram and 170,000 subscribers on YouTube. Her last video was posted just a few days ago, on September 24. 

Fans, followers and colleagues are leaving messages en masse after the tragic news. For example, Wayne Goss, a YouTuber with millions of followers, writes under her latest video: “As many will know, Mel was more than a YouTuber to me, she was a friend. (…) Mel was a beautiful, kind person. wonderful woman, wonderful mother and wife. Mel, you are missed more than you will ever know. I am absolutely devastated. However, I realize that my pain is nothing compared to her family’s. I love you Mel.”