The ‘constantly busy’ model had been rushing to fit a meal in between photoshoots when a piece of a pork kebab became lodged in her throat, causing her to stop breathing for several minutes
Arisara Karbdecho, the Thai social media influencer who was hospitalised in March after choking on a kebab, has died.
The cosplayer had been on life support in hospital for two months. She reportedly drew her last breath at 12.50pm on June 6..
The 27-year-old internet star’s death was confirmed by family and friends
Her friend Sirikanda Chaiburut said on Facebook that a wake would be held for Arisara until June 10, before a funeral on June 11.
“Everybody who knew Arisara is heartbroken,” Sirikanda said.
“We were shocked when the accident happened but we were all praying she would get better. She was so young and beautiful.
“I’m devastated she has gone forever.”
The model – also known as Alice – gained popularity for posting photos online, and in the online diet community when she lost just over a stone in three weeks.
Arisara’s mother Supicha, 57, said the cosplay star, better known by her online alias Alicebambam, was “constantly busy” and had been rushing to fit in a traditional Thai meal of pork kebabs and sticky rice between jobs when a piece of meat became lodged in her throat.
Arisara was taken to the hospital, but doctors said they were “nine minutes too late” and her brain had been deprived of oxygen for too long.
Arisara became popular for her photos that showed her wearing tight-fitting Pokémon T-shirts, and expanded her repetoire by cosplaying dozens of anime and video game characters.
She made headlines in 2015, when he was challenged by Shane Thana, the owner of diet food and supplement company Amado Thailand, to lose one and a half stone in three weeks. He said that if she did he’d give her a million Thai Bhat (about £23,000).
Thana had said that Arisara’s mainly male fans were “disappointed” that she was heavier than she looked in her photos. She managed to lose the weight but then he said he’d only pay up if she lost more.
Arisara’s final Instagram post, uploaded shortly before the tragic choking incident in March, has attracted thousands of comments from fans and well-wishers.
Arisara’s heartbroken mother said: “I would like to remind all teenagers to take good care of their health, eat food on time, and get enough rest.
“If I were with her, this kind of tragedy wouldn’t have happened. And I don’t want this kind of thing to happen to anyone or any family again.”