Influencer drowns swimming with friends soon after posting sweet Instagram selfie – The Mirror

María Fernanda Robles, 21, drowned in the sea in Mazatlán, Mexico, at around 4.40am on August 14 – hours after posting a smiling selfie alongside a friend
An influencer drowned in the sea while taking a night dip with a group of friends.
María Fernanda Robles posted a photo of her posing with a friend on her Instagram stories just hours earlier, with the sweet snap showing María rubbing heads with her pal bearing a serene smile on her face.
The 21-year-old was the step daughter of popular Mexican singer Luis Ángel 'El Flaco'. María also had over 25,000 followers on her Instagram account where she shared photos of her travelling experiences and nights out before drowning in the ocean in Mazatlán, Mexico, at around 4.40am on August 14. According to local media, María entered the sea with at least two other friends in the early hours of the morning.
One friend also fell into trouble in the waves, but was rescued and dragged to safety on Cerritos Beach. Shortly afterwards, friends saw the victim’s body washing ashore and called the emergency services. Reports said tragic María had entered the sea while under the influence of alcohol.
Her mum Mari Cruz Robles had María before she met El Flaco, but raised the young girl as his own daughter and remained a father figure to her up to her death. Before divorcing, the singer went on to have two other children with Mari Cruz, Ángela, 19, and Luis, 13.
El Flaco said in a statement: “Dear friends, family and colleagues from the press, with deep sadness I have to announce the departure of my daughter María Fernanda. It is the greatest pain one can feel. I appreciate all the messages of support and love I have received.
"I beg for your understanding of the deep pain I’m feeling at this moment and I appreciate your empathy for respecting my privacy.” According to local media, the 21-year-old influencer was studying cosmetology at the time of her death.
Aside from her final snaps on Instagram Stories, the last photo on her feed was posted on 20 May. She shared three photos of her enjoying the afternoon on a yacht alongside the message: “Free and wild.” An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
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