COLORADO SPRINGS — Charlotte Figi, the girl who inspired a medical marijuana strain known as Charlotte’s Web, has died of complications from coronavirus.
According to social media posts, several of Charlotte’s family members tested positive for the virus.
Charlotte, who had seizures, found help from Colorado-based Stanley Brothers, who created the Charlotte’s Web strain.
Tuesday night, a family friend posted a photo of Charlotte on Facebook with the caption “Charlotte is no longer suffering. She is seizure-free forever.”
Charlotte was 13 years old.
FOX21 spoke with Marisa Kiser, who shared the impact Charlotte and her family have had on her son’s Ezra’s life.
In 2013, Kiser moved to Colorado with her son Ezra, who suffers from seizures. They became friends Charlotte and her family – who helped them get settled into the area.
She’s made such an impact on our lives and I was absolutely devastated when I heard the news. It’s because of them that I learned cannabis was an option, as a treatment for my son, after failing 14 medications, and they (Charlotte’s family) did everything to get us out there (to Colorado) and support us and love us and to introduce us to the most wonderful community of special needs parents I could ever imagine. We’re so grateful for how they have changed our lives completely – and it’s because of them that Ezra is still here today.”Marisa Kiser, mother of Ezra
The Stanley Brothers, who named the Charlotte’s web strain, after Charlotte Figi, released a tribute to their ‘beloved sister’ on their website reading in part:
What began as her story, became the shared story of hundreds of thousands, and the inspiration of many millions more in the journey of their betterment. Charlotte was and will be, the heartbeat of our passion, and the conviction that the dignity and health of a human being is their right. Charlotte, you are the light of our lives.Stanley Brothers, Denver Colorado
Thank you for your life, your bravery, and your beautiful soul.
FOX21 coverage of Charlotte’s Web from November 2014: