Toby Sheldon

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Toby Sheldon
Tobias Strebel

October 3, 1980
DiedAugust 21, 2015 (aged 34)
Known forExtreme body modification, television appearances

Tobias "Toby" Sheldon (born Tobias Strebel; October 3, 1980 – August 21, 2015) was a German songwriter[1] who became a television reality star noted for having paid considerable amounts for plastic surgery (he himself estimated the total cost at over $100,000)[2] in order to resemble singer Justin Bieber.[3] He appeared on the television shows Botched on the E! network[4] and My Strange Addiction on TLC. Some experts argued that Sheldon's obsession was a case of body dysmorphia.[5] This topic was discussed in depth during his appearance alongside Justin Jedlica ("The Human Ken Doll") on the talk show Bethenny.[6]

On August 21, 2015 Sheldon was found dead in a room at a Motel 6 in the San Fernando Valley. Drugs were reportedly discovered at the scene.[7] Sheldon was 34. He had last been seen in West Hollywood on August 18, 2015 and some reports have indicated that his disappearance may have been triggered by a break-up with his boyfriend.[8][9] In July 2016, a coroner confirmed his death was triggered from multiple drug intoxication.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. Treye Green (19 October 2013). "LA Songwriter Toby Sheldon Spends $100,000 On Plastic Surgery To Look Like Justin Bieber". International Business Times.
  2. Alex Martin. "Justin Bieber fan Toby Sheldon who spent $100,000 to look like singer found dead – World – News – Daily Express".
  3. "Toby Sheldon Dead: Reality TV Star And Justin Bieber Look-Alike Was 35". 27 August 2015.
  4. "Botched Recap: Meet the Man Who's Spent $100,000 to Look Like Justin Bieber".
  5. "What Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Gender Identity Disorder Have in Common - After Psychotherapy". Archived from the original on 2015-10-07. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  6. "Justin Jedlica and Toby Sheldon on Bethenny about plastic surgery - YouTube". Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  7. "Justin Bieber look-alike Toby Sheldon found dead". NY Daily News.
  8. IANS (27 August 2015). "Justin Bieber look-alike found dead".
  9. "entertainment/gossip/justin-bieber-look-alike-toby-sheldon-found-dead-article-1". Retrieved 2015-09-22.
  10. "Justin Bieber Lookalike Tobias Strebel Died of Multiple Drug Intoxication". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 24, 2017. Retrieved July 25, 2016.