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GoFundMe launched after Instagram nurse’s cancer death as tributes pour in

INSTAGRAM star and influencer nurse Ebi Porbeni, aka Ebi Eats, has died from cancer as tributes pour in from his devastated fans.

Ebi died on July 20, 2021, after being diagnosed with leukemia last September and sharing his cancer battle with his 1.2million followers Instagram followers and on his Nurse Speak podcast.

Ebi’s social media coordinator Emily paid tribute to him on Instagram, writing: “With heavy hearts we are sad to share Ebi passed away Tuesday afternoon surrounded by family and friends.”

“One thing we know is the positive impact the @nurselifern community has had on his life. His family request that we honor his privacy,” she added.

His fans took to Twitter to honor his life and the impact he had, as one wrote: “He brought happiness to SO many. He was a beacon of light. I often have looked to his humor to destress during nursing school. The nursing community will never be the same without you.”

“It’s odd mourning someone I’ve never met, but Ebi wasn’t a stranger to any of us,” another noted. “His page made me feel seen in a career that hasn’t always had my back. When I quit IG his memes were still central to many convos with RN friends. He will never be forgotten.”

Read our Ebi Eats live blog below for the very latest updates…

  • EBI WILL BE ‘SO VERY MISSED’

    Another fan said: “It’s heartbreaking to think that a man who influenced so many of our lives as nurses is gone. Cancer is a b****.

    “We lost an amazing man who advocated for so many people throughout his short life. You will be so very missed.”

  • STATEMENT ANNOUNCING EBI’S DEATH

    A statement on Instagram read: With heavy hearts, we are sad to share Ebi passed away on Tuesday afternoon surrounded by his family and friends.

    “One thing we know is the positive impact that the @NurseLifeRN community had on his life.

    “His family request we honor his privacy.”

  • EBI EATS PASSED AFTER BATTLE WITH LEUKEMIA

    Credit: Twitter
  • TRIBUTES POUR OUT

    “We speak for our followers when we say, you brought sunshine into our lives daily. Rest in peace, friend.”

    One person wrote: I’m sooooo fkn sad. Ebi passed away. Wtf. It’s like losing a coworker. He lifted our spirits with nursing humor during such a difficult time (sic).”

  • NURSE DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA

    The nurse was diagnosed with the illness last September and shared his cancer battle with his Instagram followers, The Metro reports.

    Ebi had 1.2million followers on his Instagram profile @nurselifern where he posted stories about his job.

  • EBI’S GOFUNDME FOR CANCER TREATMENT

    Ebi had raised more than $250,000 as he created a GoFundMe page to raise money for his treatment.

    He said he was “nervous” to document his cancer battle and admitted he was “hesitant” about creating a fundraising page.

  • BELOVED INFLUENCER PASSED AFTER CANCER BATTLE

    Ebi Eats introduces episode 1 of NurseSpeak podcast

     

  • BELOVED NURSE AND PODCASTER EBI EATS DIED

    Intensive care nurse and podcaster Ebi Eats has died after a battle with leukemia, according to reports.

    Influencer Ebi Porbeni, who hosted the Nurse Speak podcast, died on Tuesday afternoon, his social media coordinator announced.

  • STATEMENT ANNOUNCING EBI’S DEATH

    A statement on Instagram read: With heavy hearts, we are sad to share Ebi passed away on Tuesday afternoon surrounded by his family and friends.

    “One thing we know is the positive impact that the @NurseLifeRN community had on his life.

    “His family request we honor his privacy.”

  • NURSE DIAGNOSED WITH LEUKEMIA

    The nurse was diagnosed with the illness last September and shared his cancer battle with his Instagram followers, The Metro reports.

    Ebi had 1.2million followers on his Instagram profile @nurselifern where he posted stories about his job.

  • BELOVED NURSE AND PODCASTER EBI EATS DIED

    Intensive care nurse and podcaster Ebi Eats has died after a battle with leukemia, according to reports.

    Influencer Ebi Porbeni, who hosted the Nurse Speak podcast, died on Tuesday afternoon, his social media coordinator announced.

  • ‘BE THE MATCH’ CANCER ORG TWEETS ABOUT EBI

    The cancer nonprofit Be The Match tweeted about Ebi’s death.

    “He leaves behind an incredible life-saving legacy including inspiring more than 8,200 potential donors to join the registry. His advocacy will be remembered forever,” the organization’s statement read.

  • GOFUNDME FOR HOSPITAL BILLS AND FUNERAL COSTS

    The GoFundMe for Ebi Porbeni went on.

    “We are starting a GoFundMe on their behalf to pay for hospital related bills, funeral expenses, and memorial projects on Ebi’s behalf. Should you feel so inclined, any donation would be greatly appreciated,” the site reads.

    “Our hearts go out to his parents, three brothers, niece, nephew, and Oscar.”

  • WHAT DID THE GOFUNDME SAY?

    The GoFundMe was organized by Emily Lewis “on behalf of (the) Porbeni Family.”

    “With heavy hearts, we are sad to share that Ebi passed away Tuesday afternoon surrounded by family and friends. One thing we know is the enormous impact the Nurselifern community has had on his life,” the site stated.

    “Although sudden and not what any of us expected, we would like to do our best to make the next steps more comfortable. In true family form, we would love to come together to show our support for Ebi’s loving family.”

  • GOFUNDME FOR EBI SURPASSES $200,000 IN ONE DAY

    A GoFundMe for the funeral costs of the late Ebi Porbeni raised $207,952 in just one day.

    The original goal of the fundraiser was $150,000.

    Approximately 6,739 individuals donated as of Friday afternoon, according to the site.

  • WHAT WAS EBI’S LAST TWEET?

    Ebi’s last tweet was posted on May 5. It appeared to be about his cancer treatment.

  • ‘WE MISS YOU’

    Followers of Ebi called the late nurse “hilarious, relatable, and real.”

    “We’ve lost a friend. Miss you Ebi,” one person said.

  • FANS ‘GUTTED’ BY LOSS

    Fans of the late nurse said they were “gutted” by his death.

    “Such an amazingly good person, nurse, creator, comedian, realist, and the list goes on,” one person said on Twitter.

  • FANS ‘CRUSHED’ AFTER EBI’S PASSING

    One person said Ebi “got so many of us through the most difficult parts of this pandemic.”

    “I am crushed at this loss,” they added.

  • ‘I FELT LESS ALONE’ BECAUSE OF EBI

    Ebi was remembered on Twitter for creating a community among nurses.

    “Through Ebi’s page, I felt less alone as a nurse and realized there was an entire community of nurses who felt the same things I did,” one person said.

  • TRIBUTES POUR OUT ON TWITTER

    Ebi was remembered as an “essential member of our nursing family” by one person on Twitter. It was one of many tributes that were published in honor of the late nurse.

  • BELOVED INFLUENCER PASSED AFTER CANCER BATTLE

    Ebi Eats introduces episode 1 of NurseSpeak podcast
  • EBI HOSTED PODCAST ‘NURSE SPEAK’

    Ebi was an intensive care nurse in Los Angeles and hosted the podcast Nurse Speak.

    The @NurseLifeRN Instagram profile appears to have been set to private following his death.

  • EBI MOVED TO CHICAGO AT A YOUNG AGE

    Ebi was born in Nigeria before moving to Chicago at the age of nine.

    GoFundMe launched after Instagram nurse's cancer death as tributes pour in
    Credit: Twitter
  • EBI EATS PASSED AFTER BATTLE WITH LEUKEMIA

    GoFundMe launched after Instagram nurse's cancer death as tributes pour in
    Credit: Twitter



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