better known as the second Human Ken Doll, has passed away at the age of 20 after a fight with leukemia. Santebanes was diagnosed with the aggressive cancer last year and died after contracting pneumonia last week, reports Complex
Santebanes was arguably the most famous out of the trio of Human Ken Dolls, which includes Justin Jedlica and Rodrigo Alves. Santebanes had his own doll modeled after him, and even teamed up with Human Barbie, Valeria Lukyanova.
During his lifetime, Santebanes spent $50,000 on plastic surgeries for his nose, chin, and jaw in an attempt to replicate the famous Mattel doll. However, the illness changed his perspective on chasing beauty. He said:
“I am no longer concerned with the issue of aesthetics. For me that doesn’t matter. What matters is my health now, and I will fight for it.”
He also said that if he survived, he wouldn’t do any more surgeries:
“Everyone who wants to be pretty, who wants to be perfect, to call attention to themselves, to supplant this lack of … of love, perhaps”