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This week has brought some tragic and shocking news. Odile van der Stap, otherwise known as Jumei, is sadly no longer with us. She passed away last Saturday. I will not share the details of how or why. I believe this is the task of her close loved ones and family, who are still in a process of grieving their loss.

I know that a lot of people appreciated her beautiful art, and that she has a lot of followers here on DeviantArt - people who loved her work but also who talked with her and even made friends with her here. This was how I met her. I was an admirer of her work, and we started talking to each other through notes, and eventually started hanging out and building a friendship. She was very caring, kind and sweet, but also opinionated and unafraid to speak her mind, which I loved about her. She was a tiny girl with a strong and outspoken personality. 

Now that she's gone, we've lost an amazing mind and a talented creator. I hope her amazing work will never be forgotten, and that she will continue to be appreciated for her beautiful vision. Let's never forget her poetic artwork - things she gave us to enjoy, even now that she is gone. 

Lace by Jumei First Snow by Jumei Tree of Life by Jumei Indian Red Riding Hood by Jumei Glaucous by Jumei Lily by Jumei 

Odile, may you rest in peace Heart 
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Scatina Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Espero que tenga dulces sueños. Ha sido amada.

Lamento descubrir su ternura leyendo esto.
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mateusboga Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2018   Digital Artist
I'm sorry for your loss. Rest in Peace :(
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:iconsthenoduality:
Rest in Peace, Odile. You will not be forgotten.
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hjordang Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cry by hjordang   Cry by hjordang   Cry by hjordang   Cry by hjordang  
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Izambri Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Descansi en pau.
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Pastelbabb Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i haven't heard of this artist until today and all i can say is, i'm sorry for your loss, she was an amazing artist. may she rest in peace
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minzer Featured By Owner Edited Jul 8, 2018  Professional Photographer
rip..
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Hano-WhiteVenom Featured By Owner Edited Jun 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can't be quiet about it. I can't believe these happen. I was very close friend with her and even meet her in real life. I loved her and I still love her soo much. I wish these never happen to her and hope wherever she is now is at better place. Vesper (that's how I was used to call her) or Odile I will always remember you.
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UsagiYogurt Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2018  Professional General Artist
She was a wonderful artist. I hope her family is doing okay.
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mmbar Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2018
So very sorry for your loss loish and for her family also!  She was a terrific artist and sounds like you had a very special friend.  The art that Odile has left behind will forever remain inspiring to us all.  Thank you so much for letting us know loish!
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9fanforever9909 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So sorry for your loss. :(
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Hinotechi Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Rest in peace :heart:
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therealjasper Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018
why can't you share details of the how and why?
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Baal-berith Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018
it's not really anybody's business and is probably personal. it's not our place to speculate.
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Sorain26 Featured By Owner Edited May 23, 2018  Student General Artist
So sorry dear. May she Rest In Peace. :hug:
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SpinierFormula4 Featured By Owner May 20, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss it must be so hard to loose a friend I just want you to know that I love you and it's ok to be sad
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grafmason Featured By Owner May 19, 2018
So sad....rest in peace.
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thegroon Featured By Owner May 17, 2018
Thank you for sharing this
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BenGeigerArt Featured By Owner May 10, 2018   General Artist
Thank you sol much for letting us all know. I am utterly shattered by the news. I can only imagine the pain her family and friends are going through now. I am so deeply sad and feel a HUGE loss! R.I.P.
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zanecfrost Featured By Owner May 10, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've always got inspiration from her work. I really loved her work and her style I truly wanted to meet her someday. It's been awhile with me looking at her work. and when I heard shes no longer with us. I cried like a baby. Rest in piece Odile thank you for sharing your work.
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vusionary Featured By Owner May 9, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I recently looked at her profile and wondered if she was active elsewhere since she hadn't posted here in awhile. This is very sad to hear. Her artwork is very beautiful and has been an inspiration for me for a long time.

Thank you for sharing this. I wish you and her family well. She will be missed. Rest in peace Jumei :heart:
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KB-concepts Featured By Owner May 9, 2018
Its really sad to hear that someone who has such lovely artwork has passed away I hope you're ok :(
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bookstoresue Featured By Owner May 7, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Sorry for your loss
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whyeff21 Featured By Owner May 7, 2018
Rest in Peace <3
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Me-MAI Featured By Owner May 6, 2018
She was young. And will stay young forever now
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ceIebies Featured By Owner May 4, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im sorry for your loss :c
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Vassalex Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Student General Artist
Rest in peace <3
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Popgrafix Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Today was going pretty okay. Reading this I choked up again. It won't be the last time  think. Take care Lois.
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loish Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
you too mike. she was such a huge inspiration to so many people... she didn't even know how much she meant, i think. hugs en sterkte.
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CiNiTriQs Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Too young, too soon... as it always seems to be the case...
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Brandoch-Daha Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
:'(
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sushy00 Featured By Owner Edited May 2, 2018  Professional General Artist
No way : O I totally missed this : O I always checked her page to see if she created some new work... I am sorry to hear that.
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Aeto-Lele Featured By Owner May 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Rest in peace :heart: What amazing art, I wish I would've found out about this beautiful talent sooner :cry:
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NymphsArt Featured By Owner May 1, 2018
Misc Icon - 012 Rose Black Rest in peace, Odile. 
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robert-kim-karen Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Misc Icon - 012 Rose Black 
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Nevillemadan007 Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018  Student General Artist
Is there at least an obituary? We should honor her in a way that she will never be forgotten.
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loish Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
these things are the responsibility of the family... they are going through their own process of grieving, and are keeping it within a small, closed circle of family members only.
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Nevillemadan007 Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Student General Artist
Okay
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MorcegoCinzentoArts Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2018   General Artist
I'm terribly sorry for this loss. 
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Squiwer Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
So sad to hear about these news...

My deep condolences. 
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ToniBabelony Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I wish to give my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. A few days ago I heard about this tragedy. The few times we talked were always very pleasant and interesting ones and she will be greatly missed.
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TyKayn Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
wow, i follow her from years.
sad news, love on all the familly and friends :hug:
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Aridax Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
OH wow. :(
Condolences to all.
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DarKSunElite Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Usually i skip most Journals, but i stopped to read and share my condolences, Rest In Peace.
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loish Featured By Owner May 14, 2018
thank you.
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SecretDarTiste Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
R.I.P. Odile! She was a talented artist. 
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soulcan Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2018
So sad... R.I.P. :heart:
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veganviolinist Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018
I'm so sorry for your loss :( (Sad) I wish I did not discover her gorgeous art just now. Much love to you and her family Heart 
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MadMosquito Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
:(
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