Pregnant YouTube star Nicole Thea died along with her unborn son from a suspected massive heart attack, her family said today.
Nicole, who was eight months pregnant with son Reign, passed away at home in Hexborough, Yorkshire, on Saturday morning after complaining to her boyfriend Global Boga that she was suffering chest and back pains.
The tragic star said she was also having difficulties breathing in the weeks before the tragedy. Nicole had previously told her 250,000 followers she felt like something was killing her from the inside and that she was dying in the last few weeks.
Now her uncle has revealed that the family believe she suffered a cardiac arrest. Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Charles Murray said: ‘From what I heard at the moment, we think she had a massive heart attack. ‘She had it in her house and she was telling her partner that she had pains in her chest and her back.
Nicole had previously told her 250,000 followers she felt like something was killing her from the inside
‘Nicole was saying that she was struggling to breathe. She was struggling with her chest – she had a pain in her chest.
‘It is so surreal as she was so young. It is such a shock. It has really, really shaken us all up.’
Mr Murray said his niece was a dancer and had no known health issues.
‘She is a dancer and we don’t think she had any underlying health problems,’ he said. ‘It is terrible. But we won’t know for sure until we have the post-mortem.’
Nicole’s heartbroken mother Samantha Antoine confirmed the double tragedy on Sunday, saying ‘Our hearts are truly broken’.
In the post written on Instagram, she said: ‘To all Nicole’s friends and supporters it is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Nicole and her son she and [partner] Boga named Reign sadly passed away on Saturday morning.
‘Nicole [had] pre-scheduled a few YouTube videos and Boga has made the decision to allow them to be aired.
‘As a family we ask that you give us privacy because our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened.
‘Thank you her mum RIP.
A statement on her Instagram account said: ‘Nicole and her son named Reign sadly passed away on Saturday morning’
In a video posted on July 1, Nicole Thea spoke about ‘the worst thing about my pregnancy’
‘My beautiful baby girl Nicnac and my grandson Reign.
‘I will miss you for the rest of my life until we meet again in eternal heaven.’
Nicole had announced her pregnancy 12 weeks ago on Instagram, along with Boga, also known as Jeffrey Frimpong part of the group Ghana Boyz,, telling her followers: ‘We can’t hide this any longer, secrets out…God gave us the biggest blessing yet.
‘I’m finally creating a beautiful little human inside of me.
‘Can’t believe this bubba will be half of me and half of the loml.
‘Honestly, @global_boga has been the best support ever and God made no mistakes making him the father.
‘We are already obsessed with you, our little miracle baby.
‘Thank you for choosing us to be your parents and best friends.’
On Saturday, 20-year-old dancer Global shared a video of himself dancing in the street with a pram.
The last video posted to Miss Thea’s Youtube featured her sharing a behind the scenes look at a pregnancy shoot in a bath full of milk – it was posted the hour before news of her death
YouTube star Miss Thea along with her partner street dancer Global Boga, 20, whose real name is Jeffery Frimpong
He said: ‘If you believe children are BIG BLESSINGS from God drop some ‘Rrrrrrr’.
‘I Can’t wait to be taking my son to the parks & Playground.’
Mr Murray, warehouse worker, revealed how news of the tragedy reached him at his Manchester home.
He said: ‘I had gone to bed on Friday night when the phone rang.
‘It was her mum crying to tell us about Nicole. I had to wake my wife up and tell her.’
He revealed the family had also been hit by a series of tragedies in the last few weeks.
Nicole’s grandfather died recently as well as Charles’ mother and last week his wife’s her brother-in-law.
‘It is a really sad time for this family,’ he added.
Earlier today, her devastated family revealed that she had not died during child birth, after days of feverish speculation on social media.
The pair announced the pregnancy in April with an Instagram post captioned: ‘We can’t hide this any longer, secrets out..’
YouTube star Nicole Thea posted a video about her ’emotional’ pregnancy just days before her death, joking that it felt like ‘the baby’s eating me’.
The street dancer turned influencer, who lived in London with her partner, died on Saturday morning along with her unborn son Reign.
Miss Thea, 24, was eight months pregnant and was chronicling her baby journey to her 160,000 Instagram followers and nearly 90,000 YouTube subscribers.
In a video posted on July 1, she spoke about ‘the worst thing about my pregnancy’.
In the clip, she told her followers: ‘I’m more emotional. Literally I could be fine one minute and then the next second I’m crying. I’m having a good pregnancy, but emotions are just too much.
‘I’m so out of breath 27/4. I would walk from here to the end of the room and feel like I’m dying. I feel like the baby’s eating me.’