Australian YouTube star “Hugo Sarah” Holmes dies at 31 of leukemia

Sarah Holmes, a popular Australian YouTuber known for vlogging about her life in South Korea, has died at the age of 31 after a six-month battle with leukemia.

Holmes, better known as “HojuSara,” boasted 340,000 subscribers and was known for her videos on Korean food, culture, travel, and beauty.

She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in May, shortly after arriving home in Brisbane with her Korean fiancé Hyun.

Sarah Holmes (pictured), a popular Australian YouTuber known for vlogging about her life in South Korea, has died at the age of 31 after a six-month battle with leukemia.

The couple have been unable to visit Australia for two years due to Covid-19 travel restrictions.

Hyun announced Holmes’ death on September 5 with a message on her social media accounts, which read: “Since farewell is sad, let’s say Byung instead. Byung!

“Bbyong” is a Korean slang term meaning to appear or disappear, and is often used as a cute way of saying goodbye.

Hyun also addressed Holmes’ fans in a 40-minute YouTube video on her channel, which included an audio message she recorded from the hospital shortly before her death.

She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in May, shortly after arriving home in Brisbane with her Korean fiancé Hyun (pictured together)

She was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in May, shortly after arriving home in Brisbane with her Korean fiancé Hyun (pictured together)

Holmes, better known as 'HojuSara', boasted 340,000 subscribers and was known for her videos about Korean food, culture, travel and beauty.

Holmes, better known as ‘HojuSara’, boasted 340,000 subscribers and was known for her videos about Korean food, culture, travel and beauty.

If you’re listening to this, I love you all. If you are listening to this, she said in the letter, I am watching you all from heaven.

I wanted to get to the end. I will take care of you all. Every time you see something beautiful, that will be me. This is not the end.

I’m still fighting. I’m fighting. I wanted to spend more valuable times with all of you. I wanted to send a message to all of you, but this came faster than I expected.

I’ve made a lot of good friends. I think I just used up all my luck. I have no regrets. I wanted to spend more time with you, but I’ll keep an eye on you.

Hyun explained that doctors gave Holmes less than a week to live in August, but he was able to survive for 10 days before his death on September 1.

“She was really a good person,” he said, shedding tears.

“In my entire life, it was the first time I had met such a nice person.”

Hyun also addressed Holmes' fans in a 40-minute YouTube video on her channel, which included an audio message she recorded from the hospital shortly before her death.

Hyun also addressed Holmes’ fans in a 40-minute YouTube video on her channel, which included an audio message she recorded from the hospital shortly before her death.

Holmes was diagnosed less than six months ago after returning home to Australia with Hyun for a family vacation.

While staying at a friend’s house in Sydney, she noticed strange back pains she had never felt before.

The pain continued to spread, and once she arrived in Brisbane to see her parents she was taken to the emergency room for checkups.

After a few days in hospital and testing for blood clots, she was told her heart was healthy and she might only have “muscle aches”, before she was advised to go home and “rest for a few days”.

If you're listening to this, I love you all.  In her last letter to fans, Holmes said:

If you’re listening to this, I love you all. “If you’re listening to this, I’m watching you all from heaven,” Holmes said in her final message to fans.

She fainted as she was leaving hospital, and was taken to another hospital by ambulance for further tests, before she was eventually diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.

When I was in that hospital, other people couldn’t go to the emergency room because of the coronavirus; I just had to go on my own,” she revealed in May.

Holmes said she was shocked by her diagnosis, as she led a healthy lifestyle and had been hiking and biking with Hyun a few days ago.

She did not smoke or drink alcohol and exercise regularly.

Sarah was diagnosed less than six months ago after returning to Australia with Hyun for a family vacation

Sarah was diagnosed less than six months ago after returning to Australia with Hyun for a family vacation

“Whatever you do, even if you live healthy, you can get it for no reason,” she told her followers.

In fact, only 1,000 people are diagnosed with this disease each year in Australia. So it turns out I’m one of those people this year.

I can’t help but laugh. Honestly, you’ve cried a lot already, so if you don’t laugh, you cry more. the correct?’

Holmes began chemotherapy immediately and spent every day with Hyun and her parents after being diagnosed, until her death on September 1.

Holmes said she was shocked by her diagnosis, as she was leading a healthy lifestyle and had been hiking and biking with Hyun a few days ago.

Holmes said she was shocked by her diagnosis, as she was leading a healthy lifestyle and had been hiking and biking with Hyun a few days ago.

She started her YouTube channel from her home in Brisbane in 2014.

After her popularity grew, she started taking trips to South Korea before meeting Hyun and moving there permanently.

Tributes have poured in from friends, fans and other influencers since her death was announced on Monday, including Safiya Nygaard, Leah Yu, Amanda Rush Lee, Kim Dow, Michelle Park, and many more.

The Australian Embassy in South Korea also said in a statement: “Thank you for giving, Sarah. From all of us at the Embassy.

Hyun said he hopes to learn English so he can live in Australia and spend more time with Holmes’ parents.

What is acute myeloid leukemia?

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a type of blood cancer that begins in young white blood cells in the bone marrow.

Each year in Australia about 900 people are diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML). Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is a rare disease, accounting for 0.8% of all diagnosed cancers, with a rate of 3.7 per 100,000 population.

Approximately 19,500 new cases occur each year in the United States.

It is often diagnosed in the elderly.

Symptoms can include:

  • fatigue
  • Fever
  • frequent infection
  • Easily bruise or bleed, including nosebleeds or heavy periods
  • Weight loss
  • Bone and joint pain
  • hard breathing
  • flatulence
  • pale skin

The exact cause of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) is not clear, however, risks include:

  • smoking
  • overweight
  • exposed to radiation
  • Previous chemotherapy
  • Certain blood disorders, such as myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Certain immune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis

Chronic myeloid leukemia is usually treated with chemotherapy. A bone marrow transplant or a stem cell transplant may be required.

source: Cancer Research UK / Leukemia Org Australia

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