TikTok personality Haley Odlozil dies of ovarian cancer at age 30

 July 16, 2023

Tragic news emerged last week when it was announced that popular TikTok personality Haley Odlozil, an online influencer who, alongside her husband, chronicled a heart-wrenching battle with ovarian cancer, died at the young age of 30, as NBC News reports.

Along with her husband and young son, Odlozil had garnered a large online following in recent years as they navigated life with a terminal diagnosis.

Cancer claims Odlozil

Odlozil's passing was announced in a lengthy Instagram post from her husband, Taylor, with whom she had been together for 16 years and shared a four-year-old son, Weston.

“It is with unbelievable sadness that I tell all of you my sweet Haley has passed away. I cannot begin to describe the amount of heartache & grief myself & our entire family is experiencing,” he began.

Taylor Odlozil continued, “I've never seen someone fight so hard to live. Her love for me, Weston, her family & her friends is what has kept her going for so many years, especially the last 8 months.”

Despite his heartbreak at the loss of his wife, the grieving husband added, “One thing I can tell you, she suffered greatly fighting this disease that slowly tore her body apart for the last 8 years. The thought of her being completely healed in a body with no pain & no scars in heaven makes me so incredibly happy for her but so overwhelmingly sad I'm not there to see it.”

Tragic journey

NBC News explained that Haley Odlozil had been diagnosed with Stage IIIC ovarian cancer eight years prior, but received the crushing news that her condition was terminal in October of 2022.

Taylor Odlozil began sharing their story on TikTok soon thereafter, and his following on the platform went from around 200 accounts to attracting views in the millions.

Offering insight into what he and his son were facing, Taylor wrote at the time, “I'm losing my family and there's nothing I can do about it.”

In the intervening months, posts on the account included footage of tear-jerking moments that included Haley enjoying some pool time with Weston, the presentation of a book made for the young boy to help him remember his mother after her death, and a final family vacation in which loved ones said their last goodbyes to the young mom, knowing they were unlikely to see her again.

Stoic determination until the end

Just a few months ago, Haley spoke to NBC's Today about her experiences as a terminal cancer patient and the unique challenges it brings when a young child is also in the picture.

“It's definitely not an easy thing to navigate, especially when you have a little one and amazing family and friends. You don't want to leave. That's hard. But we're trying to make sure that we make memories and there's a lot of good moments,” she said.

Referencing the life lessons his late wife taught him over the course of her cancer fight, Taylor Odlozil remarked, “My fear of death is so much less knowing I will get to see her completely healed,” also having declared recently of what he knew was on the horizon, “I know in my heart that it's not goodbye, it's see you later.”

Funeral arrangements for Haley will, according to Taylor, remain private, and the bereaved spouse also noted that he intends to take a break from social media posting so as to allow himself and his son time to process their grief.

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