British Youtube star Kori Parkin-Stovell dies aged 11 after undergoing two heart transplants
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British schoolboy and YouTuber, Kori Parkin-Stovell, has sadly died at just 11-years-old, his heartbroken mum has confirmed.
Kori, from Ripley, was born with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome - a congenital heart defect that meant the left side of his heart hadn’t developed properly.
But the youngster didn’t let his condition hold him back and went on to become a successful YouTube star with his Kraken the Box channel, where he raised awareness about his condition and asked for support to help him achieve his dreams before he died.
Kori first underwent surgery when he was just one-day old spent most of his early life in and out of hospital.
On Sunday, his devastated mum Pixi took to Twitter to share the tragic news, saying that he ‘went peacefully’.
In a video, Pixi said: "Kori passed away in my arms just after half past seven this evening.
"I'm beside him right now. He went fairly peacefully. He's currently lying in his bed, I'm in his bedroom. His captain's hat is beside his head and he has a parrot flag over him."
She went on to thank his subscribers for their support - and urged people to continue interacting with his videos.
"I would like to ask that you carry on Kori's channel subs, interact with his videos, because I am not letting his channel go and for all those people who tried to make Kori's wish come true while he was here, thank you," she said.
"I don't know what to do - he was my baby boy.”
Kori’s Kraken in the Box YouTube channel currently has more than 200,000 subscribers and his most recent upload has been flooded with messages of condolence following his tragic death.
One fan wrote: “Rest in Peace little Captain. You brought so much joy to so many lives.”
Another wrote: “Kori left such an impact here on the internet which made a difference for kids everywhere through Make A Wish. He's an inspiration and will never be forgotten. My heart breaks for Pixi and I just want to send so much love to her and her family. Thank you for sharing Kori with us. He's so special.”
And a third commented: “Such a tremendously special and amazing human being. As they say the brightest stars burn bright and fast... Kori taught us all so much. You will be missed Captain Kori. Thank you for sharing your life, your story, your love, your amazing spirit and kindness with us.”