A German-Vietnamese social media star dies at 29, and other news from around the world. – The New York Times

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Brittanya Karma posted her bucket list on Instagram last year.

Featured in a magazine? Check. Appear on German TV? Check. Appear on Vietnamese TV? Check. Acquire one million views on Facebook? Check.

The number of check marks on the list is testimony to the fullness of her short life. Ms. Karma, a Vietnamese-German rapper and reality television star, died on Nov. 29 in Hamburg, where she was born and where she lived. She was 29. The cause was complications of Covid-19, her agent said.

Credit…Brittanya Karma

Ms. Karma was first noticed several years ago when a Vietnamese-language Facebook post in which she gently mocked her mother went viral, garnering more than a million clicks. She quickly acquired a Vietnamese following by describing her life in Germany and speaking out against body shaming. She soon added a YouTube channel and an Instagram account. Two years ago she started a TikTok account with her fiancé, Eugene Osei Henebeng, who goes by the name Manu.

Ms. Karma used her YouTube channel to communicate with her many Vietnamese followers, and her TikTok to speak with her German fans. In the videos she posted on those channels, as well as on Instagram and Facebook, she told stories, joked or — during this year’s lockdowns — danced around the house with Manu.

“Self-confidence is my superpower,” she said in one of her TikTok videos.

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