Reality TV personality and Justin Bieber impersonator Tobias Strebel, who went by Toby Sheldon, has died, his reps confirmed on Wednesday. He was 35 years old. Sheldon rose to fame after spending more than a reported $100,000 to look like his idol.
TMZ reported that Strebel was found Friday in a Motel 6 room in Los Angeles, three days after he was reported missing. The LAPD reports drugs were found on the premises but no cause of death has yet been determined.
In 2014, Strebel appeared on My Strange Addiction and talked about the many surgical procedures he has gone through — including hair transplants, lip surgery and a chin reduction — to look Bieber.
But music was Sheldon's first passion. “The gift of writing music is not something you can learn. You can have to have that inner creativity; you have to have something to say. You have to be lyrically gifted,” he said last year. “You have to know what’s catchy. It’s just something I’ve come to master.”
Sadly, he never had the chance to show the world his true talents. Our condolences to his friends and family.
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