Inspiring Florida girl Talia Castellano dies after battle with cancer

Published On: Jul 17 2013 05:27:27 AM HST   Updated On: Jul 17 2013 05:31:33 AM HST

An inspirational 13-year-old girl from Central Florida who was featured on "Ellen" in September has passed away.

Talia Castellano was diagnosed with two types of cancer when she was 7 years old.

Watch: Talia appears on 'Ellen'

But her world didn't stop. She used her favorite activity, doing make-up, and started a YouTube channel called "Make-up is my Wig" and raised awareness for childhood cancer.

She even gave makeovers to children Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital.

She was invited on "Ellen" where she received a $20,000 check.

She passed away at 11:22 a.m. Tuesday.

Talia's father: She will live in our hearts

Castellano's father, Marc Winthrop, said her family was by her side in the end.

"In that moment she said, 'I'm OK.' I said, 'Talia. I love you. You will live on in my heart, in your mother's heart.'"

Through her YouTube channel, Winthrop said his daughter taught girls everywhere that they are beautiful no matter what challenges they may face.

"She wanted to be beautiful how she was. With no hair. So bald is beautiful," he said.

In the end, Winthrop said, it was really her smile that inspired him and thousands of others.

"Being able to just look at life and live life, that was her message," Winthrop said.

Images: Talia on 'Ellen'

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