Annabelle Ham, the rising Instagram and YouTube personality, has died at the age of 22.
The news of Ham's passing was announced on her Instagram page by her family.
On Tuesday, the family, in part, wrote, "This is Annabelle’s family. We’re writing this with heavy, heavy hearts. Annabelle experienced an epileptic event and has gone on to the gates of heaven."
Further specifics about Ham's passing were not provided by her family. The family, in its statement, wrote, "There will be a time to share more details and to go deeper into her life."
Details about what may have led to Ham's passing have been reported by the New York Post.
"Social media star Annabelle Ham was pulled from an Alabama bay and pronounced dead on Saturday, according to a Baldwin County Coroner’s Office report obtained by the Post," the outlet reports.
The outlet continues:
The 22-year-old college student and lifestyle content creator was discovered in the waters of Mobile Bay in Fairhope, Alabama, on July 15. The Coroner’s Office responded to the scene, according to the report, and Annabelle was transported to the Alabama Department of Forensics, Mobile Lab, for an autopsy, but an official cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Ham's sister Alexandria Ham also informed the Post that Ham "experienced an epileptic episode."
The Daily Mail provides further reports that Ham was in Fairhope, Alabama, for a bachelorette party and that, initially, she was reported missing. Ham was said by witnesses to last be seen walking along a pier.
Prior to her passing, Ham was a rising social media star. On Instagram, she accumulated about 76,000 followers, and, on YouTube, she amassed about 80,000 followers.
Family, friends, and fans have taken to social media to express their grief upon learning of the news of Ham's passing.
Alexandria Ham said of her sister:
Honestly — she was just all that’s good in this world. She was the life of the party, a spark plug, she loved everyone she met and everyone loved her too. She was always so happy and looked for ways to make every day, situation, or outing better. There really aren’t adequate words for how good she was.
Amelia Ham, Annabelle's other sister, wrote, "Sometimes I don’t understand why god does things but, I can’t even put into words how hard this is. You would never think something like this would or could happen to you until it does."
Ham's family in its statement, indicated that Ham "struggled with [epilepsy] for a long time and wanted to raise awareness for it." The family now says that it will raise awareness for this problem in Ham's name.