Real life 'Ken Doll' who spent $62,000 on surgery dies after contracting illness

7 June 2015 / 1 year 4 months ago

Real life 'Ken Doll' Celso Santebanes has died after contracting leukaemia.

The 20-year-old Brazilian passed away after battling the condition for five months.

Santebanes spent about $62,000 on surgery to look like a human version of Barbie doll's boyfriend.

According to The Daily Mail via AsianTown, "he started his transformation into manufacturer Mattel's iconic toy after winning a modelling contest at the age of 16.

He was catapulted to fame after being spotted by a talk show in his native Sao Paulo and began to charge up to £10,000 for a VIP appearance."

Santebanes had four operations on his nose, chin and jaws. In addition, he also had silicone implants on his chest.

He found out he had cancer during treatment for infections caused by injected hydrogel fillers in his legs.

The man once said:

"I do suffer a lot of prejudice. But the world is full of judgmental people, I don't care."

The Brazilian was buried on June 5.

See more images of The real life 'Ken Doll' in the gallery below. 

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