The fitness community are mourning the loss of social media influencer Cheyann Shaw, after her family announced she lost her lengthy battle with cancer. She was 27-years-old.
The former bodybuilder was diagnosed with the ovarian cancer back in 2016, and had undergone gruelling chemotherapy before having surgery to remove her spleen, appendix, uterus and part of her colon.
She had once said that she was diagnosed with cancer by “accident”, but noted that “that accident saved my life.”
One year after her surgery, she delighted fans by announcing she was cancer-free before sharing the devastating news in a candid video on 15 January 2020 that the disease had returned, and had been found in four of her lymph nodes.
In an emotional post, her family took to her Instagram account, which boasts 244k followers, to share the terrible news.
“With heavy hearts, we are sad to announce that our beautiful girl Cheyann has been called home to heaven,” the statement began.
“My heart is breaking today, our baby girl lost her long battle with ovarian cancer. She fought until the bitter end. She is a true warrior and survivor. She will be truly missed and will forever be in my heart. @darci_lynn70
The statement continued: “Thank you all for your support and encouragement over the years.
“If there’s one thing Cheyann taught us is that no matter what battles we face, we can always find a reason to smile through them.”
“Rest easy now Cheyann. Thank you for all you gave us,” a second wrote.
A third added: “Cheyann you made such a beautiful impact with how you lived your life and shared your struggles with so much grace. My love and prayers to your family & loved ones. I miss you already.”
“I’m hurt, I’m mad, I’m sad, I’m crying. I’m grateful to have known you and broken that we’ve lost you,” said a fourth.
“You’ve meant so much to me from day one of my diagnosis. I will never forget you of downplay the role you played in my life. I love you and am so glad that your smile lit up the world. You will be sorely missed.”