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29-year-old artist known for meme drawing & galactic works passes away from Stage 4 cancer

She passed away about a month after announcing her diagnosis.

Sumita Thiagarajan | February 14, 05:52 pm

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A professional artist from Canada, Qinni, also known as Qing Han, passed away on Feb. 8, 2020.

Talented artist in art and music

The artist, who went by the username ‘Qinni’, had 2.4 million followers on Instagram.

She was well-known on the online social network for artists, DeviantArt.

Her magical works were also uploaded on various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

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Star Scattering ⭐️✨ • • Happy Holidays! I wasn't going to post this during the holidays cause I felt like no one would be online? But if I don't post it I'll keep "fixing" it and I can't stare at this any more 😂. I don't really celebrate anything tbh, despite the smol tree we got at home haha. What do people actually do on Christmas Day other than opening presents? Or do you guys celebrate at all? We only got those present-like chocolates under the tree so we're trying not to eat them all at once in one day 😂😂 • The new meds I'm taking is making me so sleepy tho, I've been sleeping 9-10 hours a day and still tired…but ahh won't talk about my heart condition today lol, hope you guys have a nice relaxing holiday 💕 • #art #stars #moon #illustration #star

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Migration 🐋🌃 • • • Trying for a calm vibe 😆 Did this a few months ago for my Patrons :D~ Thanks for all the support there~! 💕💕 ~ Happy thanksgiving American peeps~ ~ a lil update. good news first – I got a CT scan earlier this week and preliminary results looks good; the scar hasn't grown and maybe it might even be moving back…maybe? xD. I have noticed my physical scars from all my surgeries and stuff is actually becoming visibly smaller, so hopefully that means the scar in my heart that's trying to kinda kill me is also pulling back and getting smaller. So I'll keep taking my $300/month pill hahaha. Again, thank you to patrons who can help out<3 😀 • • a bit of a bad news – all of the doctors at BC cancer thinks the mass in my body is sarcoma, which is….not great. Sarcoma is a rare soft tissue cancer. They need to do more tests to be sure though, which is good. I really hope I don't have it though cause, I swear to god, if I get two unrelated rare diseases piled on me it is TOO MUCH. Man, with this amount of bad luck I should win the lottery to offset it lmao. thanks for all your encouragement and kind words, sorry I can't reply to everyone >.<~ I will def try to reply more • • • #artistsoninstagram #surrealism #cityscape #whale #sunset

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The multi-talented artist and even dabbled in digital animation, as seen in the video below.

You most probably have seen/used the following meme, which Qinni was the creator of:

In various posts, she also gave her followers a glimpse of her past life of training to becoming a professional musician.

In a feature on the DeviantArt website, Qinni was quoted saying:

“I wanted to be a “mangaka” (comic artist) since I was a kid, but always viewed it as a faraway fantasy because my parents were grooming me to be a violinist. When I was young, I was never allowed to draw at home, but I’d doodle on my notebooks in class and homework sheets. Ultimately, I think one of the reasons why my mom relented and let me go into art for college was because of the DeviantArt community and how much love I was given there.”

Shared her struggles with her health online

According to her social media description and a post of her surgery scar, she was a four-time open heart surgery survivor and turned to art to feel better.

On Nov. 8, Qinni announced that the doctors found a “lump mass” in her, although they weren’t sure if it was cancer then.

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[Birdcage] • • I'm back~! Sorta~ hopefully~ loll I kinda put stuff up on my patreon now :3~ link in my profile 👆👆🙏 mostly just sketches and wip tho, just one tier, $1+ xD~ I decided to set it up when my medications jumped to $400/month o( ❛ᴗ❛ )o;;;; • Sorry I've been away for so long without any update..I've kinda got some anxiety about not being able to draw as much as before and it was easier to just not thinking about the social media aspect of it all. ———— A lil update on my health: Got discharged from the hospital last week and tried to finish this asap. Went in for abdominal pain but my heart was beating so fast in intervals they kept me in the cardiac ICU for close watch cause apparently it was really dangerous for a bit xD;; They also found a lump mass in my body and they're not sure if it's cancer or not. The pathologist team at the hospital can't agree on whether it's sarcoma cancer or a benign tumour I guess? So, that's been fun lol. It's weird how my body is like, really trying to kill itself 😂😂 BC Cancer was supposed to contact me last week but they're not very fast at contacting people I guess? XD — Fingers crossed its not cancer cause my heart is still a mess and I've no idea how chemotherapy would mesh with my heart medications. I take soooo much heart meds now sometimes I worry for my liver and kidney lol, I hope they can take the meds xD~ I wish I had better news tho lol. I'm kinda still in medical limbo….it's like I've stopped in time to work on surviving and watching everything passing me by…kinda depressing sometimes haha…sorry uwu. But still alive tho. That's a plus. Lmao. ———- TL;DR: my health is kinda getting worse but I'm still alive tho yaaay • Thanks to those of you who are still sticking around xD💕💕 • • • • • #illustration #surreal #pencil #drawing #instaartist

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On Dec. 31, 2019, she announced on an Instagram post that she was diagnosed with Stage 4 fibrosis sarcoma cancer, and only had about a year left to live.

She was grateful for the support from her online fans and apologised that her condition might only get worse.

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So…I have stage 4 Fibrosis Sarcoma cancer…..Doctor says I have about a year, year and a half left, so.. …I'm not really sure what to say tbh. I've been cracking jokes on twitter but, well, tbh I'm pretty stressed haha… though, I'm already pretty nihilistic so I really just need to get over my mortality haha…easier said than done tho xD. Uhh….well, I guess I don't have to worry about recycling anymore, my emission's about to get cut real short lmao. Still gotta crack jokes or it's just sad man lol • that's all I have to say right now. I appreciate all the support on twitter and people becoming my patron is just so sweet, thank you guys so much. I apologize my condition might only get worse before it gets better though, I still have a lot of pain problems right now actually…i think that's the worst part of this though, is the pain. god. I'm so tired. • edit: I don't JUST have cancer, I ALSO have a severe heart condition and I'm on a LOT of heart medication which I need to live, so please refrain from making medical advice unless you're an oncologist, cardiologist, or both. Honestly. Please please.

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Brother confirms her sudden passing on Instagram

Just over a month after her announcement that she was unwell with Stage 4 cancer, her brother confirmed his sister’s death in a post on Instagram, and said:

“My sister, Qing Han (@qinniart), passed away suddenly on February 8, 2020.

She has had a profound impact on the direction of my life. I’m sure many others can say the same. Her artwork touched many people.”

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Official public confirmation post. My sister, Qing Han (@qinniart), passed away suddenly on February 8, 2020. She has had a profound impact on the direction of my life. I’m sure many others can say the same. Her artwork touched many people. I kindly ask that you refrain from adding me on my personal Facebook profile. I know that the original post was there. That post has been set to private. Many of those adding, I’m sure, have pure and good intentions. However, I would like my personal Facebook profile to remain a personal, private channel of communication for friends and family. Since her passing was sudden, I am currently unable to get a hold on her accounts at the moment. There will be further updates as to the future of these accounts. Thank you for your support and understanding. You may share your thoughts and comments here.

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Tributes pour in on social media sites for the late artist

DeviantArt paid tribute to Qinni on social media and on their website:

On Twitter, an outpour of tributes can be seen through the hashtag, #galaxiesforqinni.

Rest in peace.

Top photos via qinniart/Instagram and qinni/Facebook

About Sumita Thiagarajan

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