News 12's Most-Viewed: #2 - Franchesca ‘La Profeta’ dies after possible asthma attack
News 12 Digital is highlighting the most-viewed stories of 2018 as part of our 'News 12's Most-Viewed' series. This story on the death of a social media star was first published on Sept. 29. Original story below.
Franchesca Lizandro – the 25-year-old Dominican musician and social media star more commonly known as Franchesca La Profeta No down – died Saturday after having trouble breathing at a Red Hook restaurant, authorities say.
Police say Lizandro had a history of asthma. They say she she was having trouble breathing at the Brooklyn Crab restaurant where she may have worked as a chef around noon.
Police found the 25-year-old unconscious and took her to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
In recent interviews, she spoke about recently emigrating from the Dominican Republic. Her YouTube posts get tens of thousands of views.
Her fans reacted on social media with an outpouring of grief and disbelief, calling her a gift to the world, a talent taken away far too soon.
Police told News 12 that they are still investigating her death.