Auntie Fee

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Auntie Fee
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Born
Felicia Arlene O'Dell

(1957-05-07)May 7, 1957[source?]
DiedMarch 18, 2017(2017-03-18) (aged 59)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting placeInglewood Park Cemetery
OccupationInternet personality
YouTube information
Channel
Years active2014–2017
Subscribers841,000
(April 4th, 2019)
Total views69,030,971
(October 2nd, 2018)
Catchphrase(s)"good ass chicken"; "sweet treats for the kids"
Websitewww.auntiefee.com

Felicia Arlene O'Dell (May 7, 1957 – March 17, 2017) known popularly as Auntie Fee (pronounced as Ain't Fee), was an American YouTube personality and online cooking show star.[2]

She made videos in her kitchen, mostly with her son Tavis Hunter. She created more than 50 videos on her YouTube channel, titled 'Cooking With Auntie Fee.' Auntie Fee made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Steve Harvey Show[3] and TMZ. She also had roles on the TV show Real Husbands of Hollywood and the movie Barbershop 3.[4]

O'Dell died from a heart attack in Los Angeles, California on March 17, 2017, aged 59.[2]

Early and personal life[change | change source]

O'Dell was born in South Los Angeles. She had ten siblings. Her father was James O'Dell, a carpenter, plumber, and electrician.[5] She says she learned how to cook by the age of nine, while preparing some of his favorite dishes, which included gumbo, hog's head cheese, and red beans and rice.[5] But the relationship with her father was a difficult one. When she informed him that she was pregnant, at age 15, their relationship became worse.[5]

O'Dell attended John C. Fremont High School.[6] She dropped out her senior year and developed a drug habit. She was then arrested for running drugs out of her home and served time in prison. One reports says she served just a "few years" in an Arkansas prison.[5] Another source, quoting O'Dell herself, reports that she served 10 years of a 20-year prison sentence.[7] She also said that she took the responsibility for a crime she didn't commit.[7] After she was released from an Arkansas prison in 1992, O'Dell said she remained drug-free for the rest of her life.[7]

YouTube and fame[change | change source]

O'Dell became an internet video viral sensation in July 2014. She showed her homemade cooking skills in a series of videos such as "Sink Chicken" and "How to feed Seven people with just $3.35." She was known for making food and saying that it's "for the kids."[5][8] Her son, Tavis Hunter, helped her to shoot. He was also a sidekick.[9] Auntie Fee had more than 330,000 followers on her Facebook page.[6]

She made promotional videos for the movies Dumb and Dumber To and Top Five.[7] Auntie Fee took part in many interviews across television, such as appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live!,[10] The Steve Harvey Show[11] and TMZ.[12][13]

She started a business of selling branded merchandise on her web site, such as dry seasoning, apparel, and other spices for cooking.[14]

She created more than 50 videos on her YouTube channel, titled "Cooking With Auntie Fee". She also had roles on the television show Real Husbands of Hollywood and the movie Barbershop 3.[15][16]

Death[change | change source]

O'Dell fell sick with chest pains in her home on March 14, 2017, and a 911 call was made. Her son recorded her last moments on camera. While at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, she suffered a massive heart attack and was placed on life support. Her son, Tavis Hunter, commented on her death, telling E! News in 2017:

"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, 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."

— Tavis Hunter, son of Auntie Fee

Her brother, Jude O'Dell, stated that his sister died at the hospital on March 18, 2017. She was 59 years old.[17] Her funeral, which was live streamed on Facebook and open to the public, was held on April 1, 2017 at Paradise Baptist Church in Los Angeles.

References[change | change source]

  1. Ali, Rasha (March 18, 2017). "Auntie Fee, YouTube Cooking Sensation, Dies at 59". msn.com. The Wrap. Microsoft.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bermudez, Esmeralda (2017-03-18). "Auntie Fee, the South L.A. personality whose foul mouth and fried food made her an Internet sensation, suffers heart attack and dies". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  3. "Auntie Fee visits Triad family on Steve Harvey Show". WXII. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  4. "Auntie Fee Dies: YouTube Cooking Sensation Was 59". E! Online. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Bermudez, Esmeralda (2015-02-24). "Auntie Fee, foul-mouthed cooking sensation, says her food is @#$%& good". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Felicia Auntie Fee O'Dell | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Smith, Carmen (2015-01-16). "Everybody Loves Auntie Fee". Nice Entertaining Magazine. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  8. Caster, Yvette (2015-03-09). "Auntie Fee is the TV chef the world has been waiting for". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  9. Shilliday, Beth (2017-03-15). "Auntie Fee On Life Support: Viral Video Star Known As Chef Sista Girl Suffers Heart Attack". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  10. Watch Jimmy Kimmel Make a Dirt Cake With YouTube Star Auntie Fee, 2014-10-29, retrieved 2017-03-20
  11. "Auntie Fee visits Triad family on Steve Harvey Show". WXII. 2015-09-10. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  12. "Auntie Fee Dead At 59". TMZ. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  13. TMZ (2014-08-05), Auntie Fee, Viral Chicken Wings Chef, Cooks For TMZ | TMZ, retrieved 2017-03-20
  14. Norwin, Alyssa (2017-03-15). "Auntie Fee: 5 Things To Know About Chef Fighting For Her Life After Heart Attack". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  15. Harris, Annika (May 28, 2015). "Auntie Fee Lands Role In 'Barbershop 3'". Uptown magazine. Archived from the original on March 20, 2017. Retrieved 2017-03-20.
  16. Heller, Corinne (March 18, 2017). "Auntie Fee Dies: YouTube Cooking Sensation Was 59". E! Online. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  17. Bermudez, Esmeralda (2017-03-18). "Auntie Fee, the South L.A. personality whose foul mouth and fried food made her an Internet sensation, suffers heart attack and dies". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-03-19.

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