The news hit the natural hair blogosphere over the weekend and so many people I know and love are still reeling. Popular YouTube vlogger Dawnyele passed away this weekend, reportedly from complications due to pregnancy. I never met her or knew her, but from the wave of emotion I’ve been witnessing online amongst my natural hair family, I know I truly missed out. Dawnyele was loved by so many, and she was a genuine, warm, true friend to many people I know and care about.

This hits so hard because you can truly feel like you know someone through what they share online. Dawnyele was open about her life and shared her experiences, warmth and wisdom freely. Her subscribers and friends all knew how excited Dawnyele was about being a mother. She was 33 years old — that’s my age, too and it hits so close to home. This news is so shocking and so sad. My heart truly goes out to her closest friends and family. Words can’t express how this loss would feel.

Dawnyele’s son has survived and her family appreciates all the love and support we can give. If there is anything you can do to support her family, please do — click here to learn more and to donate. Click here to see the baby registry and support with other gifts. And thank you to Pamela of Koils By Nature for filling me in on everything. You were a true friend to her.

RIP, Dawnyele. Thank you for sharing your light and knowledge and warmth with the world. You were loved and valued by so many, and to say you will be missed is an understatement.

Sending all my love to those who knew and loved Dawnyele.

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Tafari says:
October 22, 2012, 2:21 pm
WOW, totally upsetting!
Sharon says:
October 22, 2012, 3:20 pm
A beautiful young woman so heartbreaking. This hits home for me because I was a child without a mother (though not for the same reason) so I feel sad for her son though, I am sure he is surrounded by family who loves him I am also sad because as a mother I know the joy she felt at having a child (I have two). I am also thankful because this has made me appreciate my blessings even more.
Lady Kinnks says:
October 22, 2012, 6:29 pm
I didn't know about her until her untimely death - but my prayers are with her and her family. I also donated what little I could.
pets says:
October 22, 2012, 7:46 pm
RIP and condolences to her family and prayers of support to her baby son.
Lisa says:
October 22, 2012, 8:14 pm
I Pray for the family,and Pray their strenght in the Lord may God strenght the husband and the kids and her Mom.
warrior11209 says:
October 22, 2012, 8:16 pm
RIP and prayers to her family
Candace says:
October 22, 2012, 9:25 pm
So heartbreaking and shocking. Dawn had quickly become one of my favorite natural YT Vloggers. I loved her channel. She was so real and open. I was literally just watching her video a few days ago and she was so happy and excited for the baby to come. It's just so sad for a young, beautiful life to be taken so soon. RIP.
Nicole says:
October 22, 2012, 9:29 pm
wow very touching may she R.I.P.. and my God bless her family and child.
Team Natural says:
October 23, 2012, 2:26 pm
Rest In Peace. May God give your family endurance through this time of sorrow.
Michael Belk @ethical behavior says:
October 23, 2012, 2:36 pm
I never even heard of her, but this news saddens me that a young, lively person in the prime of her life could die so young. I am sad, but I realize that God must have a bigger plan for her life. RIP.
Chava says:
October 24, 2012, 2:38 am
BDE. How tragic. May her family be comforted.
Vee says:
October 24, 2012, 5:56 pm
This is incredibly heart breaking! I didn't know Dawnyele, but after reading this, my heart sank. My prayers go out to those close to her and may God keep her family & friends at this time. Rest in paradise Dawnyele!
Spinster says:
October 25, 2012, 5:12 am
Never heard of her before, but this made my heart sink. How sad. Good that she spread the love of natural hair worldwide. May she rest in peace, and wishing her loved ones comfort & solace during such a difficult time.
I Am Your People says:
October 27, 2012, 1:29 am
I've never heard of her, but I burst into tears when I read that she died of "complications due to pregnancy." That breaks my heart.
sandy says:
October 29, 2012, 6:07 pm
Life is so precious... R.I.P Her family is in my prayers. says:
November 14, 2012, 9:41 am
This is so so sad to hear. I too am 33 and this just breaks my heart to hear of a life that ended much too soon. May this lovely young lady rest in peace and may God bestow unto her family and friends comfort during this trying time. Thank you for posting