What should have been a day of celebration for YouTube star Nicole Thea is now a day of mourning for her friends and family.
Two weeks after Nicole and her unborn child passed away, dozens of her loved ones gathered Wednesday to honor the pair and celebrate her 25th birthday with a balloon send-off.
Nicole's boyfriend, musician Global Boga, was among those who participated in the balloon release. He documented the event on Instagram, writing, "Baby girl my Shawty my Queen, I have a lot to say, a lot on my mind & no one on this planet can understand what I am going through in my life. The pain can't be explained... All the plans we HAD, all the plans I HAD. all the nights we laughed, all the vibes we had."
Boga's band, Ghana Boyz, shared their own tribute to Nicole, which read, "Death can only take you away from us, but it can never take the precious bond and memories we made together. Dear QR2, wishing you floods of happiness in heaven. Though sad to know that you're no more, I feel happy because I strongly believe you're having so much fun in heaven."
Nicole's cause of death has not yet been made public. On July 12, the British YouTuber's family revealed she had passed away and said the couple planned to name their baby boy Reign.
"To all Nicole's friends and supporters it is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Nicole and her son she and Boga named Reign sadly passed away on Saturday morning," the statement read in part. "As a family we ask that you give us privacy because our hearts are truly broken and we are struggling to cope with what has happened."
In late June, just two weeks before her death, Nicole told her Instagram followers she was eight months pregnant.
"Can't wait to meet you little man, soon to be 3 of us," she shared at the time.