A 24-year-old woman with anorexia has passed away only days after she told her followers that she didn’t want to die.
Josi Maria from Kiel, Germany, shared her thin photos and gained more than 144,000 followers on Instagram.
After years of fighting against anorexia, her heart reportedly stopped beating.
“No, I don’t take this picture because I’m proud of my appearance,” she wrote in June along with a photo of her in the gym.
“And no, I am also not posting it because I want to motivate others to look like me.
“In fact yes, the reason I am posting this picture is because I am on a journey and I want you to join me.”
She continued: “I want to share my thoughts, and show that I am actively fighting anorexia. I also want to say, that we should not hide ourselves away no matter what psychological illnesses we have.
“And I want to say to everybody who doubts themselves that you are all wonderful, and be yourself and don’t try and change. Follow your dreams, fight hard, and you will see the rewards.”
Maria’s grieving mother paid tribute to her daughter, writing: “You were an angel on earth.
“For your fight against this serious disease, we loved you, admired you until the very end, and yet we had to watch helplessly as you lost this battle.
“You still had so many plans. You will always be in our midst, deep in our hearts, just unforgettable.
“I miss you so much, your mummy.”
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