*Unfortunately we have sad news. The woman known for her “good ass chicken,” Auntie Fee, has died. She was 59.
Tavis Hunter, Fee’s son and the show’s cameraman, made the announcement via Facebook on Friday night.
“Thank you for all the prayers and hope, It did all it can do and now god made the decision to take my mother home where its peace & Joy and im okay with that, She can finally Be happy,” he wrote. “Rip Momma Felicia Auntie Fee O’Dell i love you and you was my twin, When u was going through it i went through it, and now its time for you to relax and watch me do it baby.”
Auntie Fee, whose real name was Felicia O’Dell, won viral fame in 2014 after her son posted a four-minute clip of her cooking some dough-covered “sweet treats for the kids.”
Also known as Chef Sista Girl to her fans, Fee became an internet sensation in 2014 for her unique cooking videos on YouTube. She quickly became known for her “good ass chicken” and “sweet treats for the kids” videos.
Earlier in the week O’Dell was admitted to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in South Bay area of Southern California after suffering a massive heart attack. On Tuesday night, TMZ mistakenly reported she had died and her fans mourned her on Facebook, where she has more than 700,00 followers.
Fee’s fame came with no small amount of criticism. Some called her illiterate, unsanitary and unscripted. She was called a bad example for other black folks. Critics also noted that her dishes she cooked were loaded with butter, sugar and grease and would send one to an early grave.
However, the criticism didn’t matter, cause wouldn’t and didn’t change.
“I’m gonna keep it 100 and be me,” she said in a 2015 Los Angeles Times article. “Ain’t nobody gonna tell me I gotta do this, I gotta do that.”
She rose to fame for her budget-friendly cooking tips and being real, real comfortable in front of the camera to the point where she had no problem throwing a cuss word or two in whenever it felt good.
“If you don’t have crescent rolls, you can use any kind of cheap a– donuts or whatever, it doesn’t matter,” says Fee in the video. “I don’t know what the f*ck this is, it’s just something sweet for the f*cking kids.”
One of her most viewed videos, which currently has more than 2 million views, is about feeding a family of seven with just $3.35.
Her brother, June O’Dell, told the Times that Fee refused to change her eating habits. She liked to say she took after her father, who ate everything he ever wanted and lived to be 99 years old.
“It turns out she took after our mother, who struggled with high blood pressure and diabetes,” O’Dell said.