PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Pittsburgh TikTok star died after a tree crashed onto her car in Maine.
Rochelle Hager died this week while talking to her fiancé on the phone.
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“We just had a normal conversation,” said Brittanie Lynn Ritchie. “Then I heard a crash, then there was nothing.”
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Hager was instantly killed by the tree that fell on her car.
“There will always be a void in our life. Never a call that I ever expected, ”said Sandy Hager, Rochelle’s mother.
Rochelle had over 100,000 followers on TikTok, where she was known as “Roe,” and was an active voice in the LGBTQ community. But her story is not about her death. It’s about the life that touched her.
Rochelle Hager’s parents described her as a light from a dark tunnel that inspired others.
“She’s only been a living person since she was born,” Sandy said. “She always had a smile on her face, always wanted to make people happy.”
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“She would literally do anything to make someone smile,” added Ritchie.
Before she became famous for TikTok, Rochelle struggled with addiction problems and her sexuality. But with help and acceptance from her family and loved ones, she turned her life around.
“That long, hard journey led her to do what she did on TikTok, trying to help people with addictions or struggling with sexuality,” said Dean Hager, Rochelle’s father. “With her positive mood and spirit, she knew that it helped people.”
Rochelle had a dream job as a chef and wanted to marry the love of her life after meeting and moving in together during quarantine.
Her loved ones said she had a brave and beautiful personality with lofty goals that she was well on the way to achieve.
“She said, ‘I’ll be famous one day, mom.’ But I never thought that her fame would lie in her death, ”Sandy said.
While she was known to the world as “Roe”, her family will forever know her as “Shelly”. Her family says funeral arrangements are in the works.
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Rochelle loved Pittsburgh’s sports teams, and her supporters loved them. To honor her on Saturday, her followers plan to wear black and gold in their memory.