Taiwanese netizens are in mourning after receiving news on Aug. 24 of the death of Taiwan’s oldest Youtuber, Liu Chang-Hsiu a.k.a ‘Happy Mama’ (快樂嬤), due to failing health. Around 20 thousand followers responded just 20 minutes after the news was posted online. Happy Mama was adored for her teasing responses, her knowledge of old cooking methods, and adorable smile.
Beloved for her optimistic disposition, Happy Mama and her helpful granddaughter attracted a large following by teaching different old-style recipes for 90-days and sharing bits of the grandmother’s daily life which instilled a deep filling of nostalgia for many. On the evening of Aug. 24, the family already prepared for funeral services in Shetou township, Chenghua, when Happy Mama’s passing was revealed. No further details or interviews were given as her granddaughter asked to respect the family’s time of mourning.
The widow with 200,000 Youtube followers needed dialysis and was often in pain, so her granddaughter of 270,000 followers, Liu Ying-wei (or ‘6YingWei’), helped her build an online presence and teach about her life.
Because of Happy Mama’s ailing health and in preparation for a hip joint operation, the previously planned cooking video was postponed. However, the doctor unexpectedly canceled the procedure due to her heart’s weakened state, to which she replied, “Forget it, I’m ready to go.”
On Aug. 17, her granddaughter posted a message regarding National Grandparent’s Day with a video of Happy Mama strolling on Wanggong Fishing Port, saying: “This upcoming holiday is the day to celebrate our grandparents, but for me, every day spent with my grandma is one more day I get to celebrate her”, and reminded readers to “return the love they have given us”. Little did anyone know, her grandmother would pass away on the eve of the holiday.
On Aug. 24, the granddaughter announced on Facebook, “Grandma has passed away. On this evening of torrential rain, she truly has left us, and she won’t be coming back.” During that night, the message had received over 26,000 comments from saddened netizens.
Shetou township leader, Liu Jin-chang, expressed his condolences yesterday (Aug.25), pointing out that Happy Mama and her husband were a jovial couple, but after her husband died, she became depressed. Mr. Liu then thanked the granddaughter for lifting up Happy Mama’s spirits and hoped she could continue life with the same optimism that her grandmother showed the world.