YouTube star, 21, found dead after years of being bombarded with hate online

A popular YouTube star has tragically been found dead in her home after years of suffering from hate and online abuse.

Kristina 'Kika' Dukic, 21, is believed to have committed suicide after she was discovered lifeless inside her home in the Serbian capital of Belgrade on Wednesday, December 8.

The online star, who had more than a million followers between her Instagram, YouTube and Twitch account, had reportedly fallen victim to online bullying.

It has been reported that her mother Natasa confirmed her passing in a now disappeared social media post – and plead with others with suicidal thoughts to seek help.

Mira Vladisavljevic, a close friend of the internet personality told Serbian tabloid Telegraf: "A terrible thing happened last night.

"I appeal to all the media to carefully report on this case and on the girl who struggled with bullying for five years. Please understand."

A series of troubling social media posts suggested that the star had tried to deal with online abuse for several years.

The star even explained in one video, that she was never good enough no matter what she did, reports The Sun.

Kristina also recalled hateful messages that she had received which included horrible comments about her appearance and accusations of her having plastic surgery.

The 21-year-old was believed to have been constantly targeted by one critic called Serbian gamer Bogdan Ilic, as known as Baka Prase, who had a large following on Instagram.

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Local media outlet Republika said that labelled her as a fake under her videos and because of his mass following, Kristina then received more hate from his supporters which included harmful comments such as: "Kill yourself."

It has been reported that Bogdan has tried to detach himself from the situation and said he was "among the first" to be alerted about her passing, according to outlet Direktno.

He said: "I'm sorry about what happened. I'm sorry I didn't announce that we reconciled and became friends.

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"I'm sorry because people don't know the reason and point the finger.

"They do not give the dead peace and respect, just to get a few likes, to fulfil their desire for revenge and in the ugliest possible way."

The Ministry of the Interior of Serbia said an investigation has been launched into the circumstances surrounding Kristina's death.

Her funeral is set to take place at one of Belgrade's largest cemeteries on Tuesday, December 14, according to an Instagram post.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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