The death of Toby Sheldon is an unimaginable loss for all those who knew him. The Justin Bieber doppelgänger’s close friends never thought this could happen to Toby — and they’re reeling.
The manager of Toby Sheldon, 35, is unconsolable after learning of the death of her dear friend. Gina Rodriguez spoke to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY to share that she, as well as Toby’s other friends, are absolutely shocked over his tragic death. Our hearts just break for them.
Toby, real name Tobias Strebel, is best known as the man who spent over $100,000 on plastic surgery to look like Justin Bieber. He appeared on Botched and My Strange Addiction, both in connection to his drastic plastic surgery procedures. On August 21, Toby was discovered dead in his room at a Motel 6 in the San Fernando Valley, after being reported missing on August 18. Though police found drugs in the room, it’s still not known if there was any connection to his death.
“We are completely shocked,” Gina told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. We never knew him to be depressed and with we could have been there for him.” Absolutely devastating. We can’t imagine was Gina and Toby’s other friends are going through right now.
Gina also posted a lengthy message about Toby on Facebook and Instagram. It’s clear how much she’s mourning over her dear friend. “I am beyond devastated to hear the news about Tobias,” she wrote. “Tobias was a kind, caring, and gentle soul that was dedicated and passionate to his music and career. For all the slings and arrows put forth against him, he always held his head high, treated everyone with respect, and had a warmth and glow to him that made anyone around him smile.
“He has a genuine talent and love for songwriting and it showed in everything he did. I was fortunate to have known Tobias and have had the chance to work with him in his entertainment career over the past couple years. My condolences go out to his family.”
A friend told HollywoodLife.com that the songwriter was heartbroken over a recent breakup at the time of his death. Though he was “always happy, always smiling,” he kept this to himself, and was terribly upset over it. Poor thing.
Our thoughts are with Toby’s friends and loved ones during this difficult time.
— Samantha Wilson, Reporting By Tim Plant