Tobias Strebel (a.k.a. Toby Sheldon), the reality-TV star and aspiring singer who spent scads of money to look as much like a young Justin Bieber as possible, has been found dead, according to multiple reports. He was 35. Missing since August 18, Strebel was found in L.A. on August 21 in a Motel 6, with medications in the room, according to ABC7. An autopsy has been conducted, but an official cause of death has not yet been released. In 2014, Strebel appeared on My Strange Addiction as a self-proclaimed Justin Bieber look-alike. He had said that after the pop star’s ascent to worldwide stardom, he had spent upward of $100,000 on plastic surgeries to achieve a similar, if not identical, look. “What brought me to Bieber was the whole package: the full cheeks, the full temples, the bright, open eyes, the full, luscious lips, and spatial framing … [he’s] just extraordinarily beautiful,” he said on the show Botched, according to Us Weekly. After his initial TV appearance, Strebel gained notoriety for his unique physical goals, allowing him to appear on other shows such as Bethenny and The Doctors. Strebel remarked once that he had been a musician before Bieber was even 4 years old; like his idol, he wished to be a professional singer himself.
Tobias Strebel. Photo: Hector Campos/Splash News/Corbis