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Did Instagram Model Kristyna Martelli Die in Surgery?

Rumor: Instagram model Kristina Martelli (famous for her plastic surgeries) died during an elective cosmetic medical procedure.

Published April 24, 2017

Instagram model Kristyna Martelli underwent 100 elective cosmetic medical procedures, and died during a surgery in April 2017.

In late April 2017, rumors circulated claiming Kristyna Martelli (an adult model largely of Instagram fame) had died undergoing a cosmetic procedure.

According to various versions of the rumor, Martelli has undergone at least a hundred procedures to obtain her "extreme" proportions, and suffered fatal complications during an undetermined procedure on 18 April 2017. Some versions of the rumor claimed that the model died following a seizure during the purported operation, while others said she had an embolism of unknown description and died while in surgery.

Amy Anderssen, who says she is a friend of Martelli's, published a tweet referencing her death on 21 April 2017, but included no further details:

As of 24 April 2017, we were unable to locate any news articles or other substantive or substantiated information matching claims that a 23-year-old woman had died during an elective cosmetic medical procedure on that date.

Research is currently in progress.

Kim LaCapria is a former writer for Snopes.

Bethania Palma is a journalist from the Los Angeles area who has been working in the news industry since 2006.

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