The humam ken doll has died after a battle with cancer.
Brazilian-born Celso Santebañes, who earned the nickname of Human Ken Doll, has died after a five-month struggle with leukemia, according to Yahoo News.
The 21-year-old died from bacterial pneumonia, brought on by his battle with the rare blood cancer. He died on Thursday at the Federal University of Uberlândia Clinical Hospital in Brazil, where he was undergoing his latest round of chemotherapy, according to the Latin Times.
In 2013, he told the Huffington Post that his desire to surgically modify his nose is something he had been wanting since he was thirteen years old. He has paid for his surgeries by working hard and saving. Jedlica comes from a strict traditional Catholic home where the children were taught the value of a dollar. So the fact that he has undergone 128 plastic surgeries is all the more profound given that his parsimony with money has paid for it all. At first glance, one might think he is the product of an overindulgent family trust fund.
What look was he going after? Jedlica says he was wanting to “feminize” his appearance. The strong and handsome young man looks surgically enhanced but not overdone. The surgeries are paying dividends. He now works as a consultant for people wanting plastic surgery. He is able to advise them on what procedures are best. After 128 surgeries, he is a field expert like none other.
Santebañes first discovered he had cancer after visiting the hospital to treat infections caused by hydrogen fillers that were previously injected into his legs, according to The Mirror.
Santebañes, who changed his last name from Borges Pereira, reportedly charged up to $16,000 for VIP appearances, according to the news outlet.
The media personality called himself a “doll enthusiast” and even launched his own line of Celso dolls in Los Angeles before falling ill in January.
Santebañes initially shared the tragic news of his diagnosis on Instagram, posting an image from his hospital bed of an IV line.
“I’ve cried .. I see my world collapsed, I do not want anyone to pity me, just pray for me and respect me,” he wrote, loosely translated from Portuguese, in January.