Samantha Weinstein has tragically died aged 28.
Weinstein was a Canadian actress and musician who was best known for playing high school student Heather in the 2013 Carrie remake.
She broke into acting at just 10 years old when she played Josephine in 2005’s Big Girl – the role made her the youngest winner of the ACTRA Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female back in 2006.
When Weinstein wasn’t acting, she enjoyed singing and playing the guitar – while also being a member of the garage rock band Killer Virgins.
Devastatingly, it has been confirmed that Weinstein has passed away.
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The star’s father, David Weinstein, shared the upsetting news with Global News Canada, announcing that she died on May 14 at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Hospital.
He told the news outlet: “Sam was actually a living embodiment of a sunbeam.
“She was so full of positive energy, anyone who ever met her would say that she just lit up every room she walked into.”
Her mother, Jojo Tindall-Weinstein, added that she ‘changed everyone’s lives’.
Weinstein passed away following a two-year battle with ovarian cancer.
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Her loved ones posted two photos of the star posing against a celestial background following the tragic news.
In a statement alongside the images, it says: “Hello from the other side. Sam died on May 14th at 11:25am surrounded by her loved ones at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.
“After two and a half years of cancer treatment, and a lifetime of jet-setting around the world, voicing a plethora of cartoon animals, making music, and knowing more about life than most people ever will, she is off on her next adventure.”
Many people have taken to social media and paid tribute to Weinstein.
One person says: “Sam, you brave, beautiful, radiant, effervescent light. We’re all so lucky to have known you. Deeply saddened by this news, sending love.”
Another adds: “Grateful to have known you, your joy will always live on in this world.”
“Oh, I am heartbroken to hear this. What a wonderful spirit she was. My heart goes out to her family and friends,” pens someone else.
Weinstein’s final Instagram post was uploaded on May 2 and it showed her enjoying her honeymoon with her new husband, Michael Knutson.
The pair tied the knot in October 2022.
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Weinstein was diagnosed with cancer aged 25 after she realised that she looked ‘strangely bloated’ when walking home from a friend’s home.
In a first-person piece for Love What Matters, she penned: “It happened almost overnight. I was walking home from a friend’s house after drinking entirely too much red wine when I noticed I looked strangely bloated.
“I knew I wasn’t pregnant because I was single and celibate, having just left an emotionally abusive relationship four months previously. My roommate assured me her girlfriends got like this all the time and it was just ovulation… or something.
“Spoiler alert – it was not ovulation or something.”
Weinstein went on to say that she had no history of cancer in her family and was in the ‘best shape of my life’.
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