A Brazilian man who became known as "The Human Ken Doll" for his efforts to look identical to the popular kids' doll through plastic surgery died of leukemia after a five-month battle.
Celso Santebanes, a 20-year-old model, died in the hospital on Thursday after contracting pneumonia. Santebanes first garnered worldwide attention at age 16 after winning modeling contests.
Over time, he became determined to look exactly like the iconic Mattel doll and began undergoing plastic surgery. Procedures included work to alter his face, lips and nose. Santebanes reportedly spent a total of £30,000 ($45,736.50) on surgery.
Eventually, the young model launched his own line of Celso dolls.
In January, however, Santebanes announced that he had started a “new cycle” of his life and that he was “no longer concerned with the issue of aesthetics.”
“For me that doesn’t matter,” he told the Latin Times. “What matters is my health now, and I will fight for it.”
The young man’s father, Celia Borges, spoke to reporters after his services.
“When he was starting to [fulfill] his dreams, he discovered his illness and his dreams were interrupted,” Borges said. “He had plans but God had others.”
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