The university student, 20, flew to Philadelphia, US, for silicone jabs to increase the curve of her buttocks.
But Claudia, of Hackney, East London, suffered chest pains after the injections and died in hospital. US cops are investigating. Claudia was desperate to transform her image with cosmetic surgery so she could appear in music videos.
Friends revealed her confidence had dipped after she was dropped from a previous promo because her “booty” was too small.
But the £1,000 procedure, carried out in a budget Philadelphia hotel, ended in disaster when Claudia suffered agonising chest pains and died.wore special padded trousers to give the impression she had a shapelier backside.
Tee said: “She was a dancer and choreographer. She loved to dance and had a drive to be famous. The problem was she didn’t have no butt, and she wanted a butt.
“She went to audition for one video shoot wearing fake booty pants and she got all the attention.
“But when they found out it was fake she didn’t get asked back.
“It’s such a shame. She’s a victim of all these girls trying to be perfect. She thought if she had a big booty she would have been in better videos and been more famous.”
Claudia is thought to have travelled out last November to have a buttocks enlargement op.
She jetted off again with three friends to have top-up injections, which she was given last Monday.
Police said she and her pals checked into the cheap Philadelphia hotel to have the illegal procedure.
But almost 12 hours after receiving the injections in her rear she began complaining of chest pains and was rushed to hospital, where she died at 1.32am on Tuesday.
It is suspected she may have been injected with industrial silicone normally used as a sealant instead of the more expensive variety usually used for legal breast enlargements.
It is also thought the substance was mistakenly injected into a vein.
US cops were last night seeking the “doctor”, who left after giving the jabs in room 425 of the Hampton Inn hotel, near Philadelphia airport.
Some reports claimed the suspect was a “transgendered” woman – a man living as a female.
Detectives yesterday quizzed a female “recruiter” they believe set up “her” meeting with Claudia.
Officers had earlier raided the fixer’s New Jersey home, seizing computer files, emails and phone records.
Last night Claudia’s sister Toomi said her family, from Nigeria, were deeply shocked and had known nothing about her plans for surgery.
Toomi said: “She said she was going to the US but didn’t say why – we thought it was a holiday.
“What has happened is a huge shock. Her mother is very ill and is taking this very badly.”
The family are speaking to the Nigerian Embassy in the US about arrangements for releasing Claudia’s body, which was identified by the Delaware County Medical Examiner. The official did not list the cause of death pending an autopsy and further inquiries. Toxicology results are expected within six weeks. Claudia, of Hackney, East London, and also known as Claudia James, was 12 days from her 21st birthday.
She posted a poignant Tweet shortly before the jab, telling pals: “I’m gooonneeeee so faR away.”
The would-be video star had flown out last Saturday with her three unidentified chums, all thought to be from London.
She had planned to return home this Saturday while two of the girls in her group attended a New York party. A source said Claudia spent £1,000 on the jabs while one friend paid £1,100 for a hip-enhancing procedure. It is not known if the doctor was licensed.
The three pals remained in America yesterday having been quizzed by cops.
Several US women have been arrested for carrying out illegal bottom-enhancing ops. Last year former Miss Argentina Solange Magano, 38, died of complications after the procedure.
Teetotal Claudia appeared in numerous videos posted on her MySpace page and on various talent websites.
An old school friend said: “Everyone is struggling to understand why she did this, she was such a confident, pretty person. In the past she’d complained about having a flat bum, but she never mentioned surgery.”
Last night tributes flooded Twitter message boards. In_a_dayze wrote: “You were a beautiful person inside and out! You will be missed.”
A Philadelphia police spokesman said: “We interviewed a woman who did all the emails to get the girls out here. We’re now trying to identify the injector. No arrests have been made.”
The hotel’s manager Jason Britton said staff had no idea ops were being performed there. He said: “We’re co-operating with the authorities.”
Last night one of the UK’s top plastic surgeons said Claudia’s procedure was illegal and like “Russian roulette”.
Consultant Rajiv Grover, president elect of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: “Buttock augmentation isn’t very commonly performed, which is probably why these girls have resorted to going abroad.
“Correctly done, it involves solid silicone implants. Injecting liquid silicone should never be done. If it gets into the bloodstream it can go to the lungs and block the blood vessels.
“It’s like playing Russian Roulette. You get away with it sometimes, but each time you have it done, you’re risking your life.”
US police have cleared one person and are continuing searching for another in the case of a London woman who died after receiving cosmetic injections to enlarge her buttocks at a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport.
Detectives said they conducted several searches in an effort to find the woman who administered the injections that led to the death of 20-year-old Claudia Aderotimi.
Police did not say where they were searching for her.
Police Lieutenant John Walker said investigators cleared a New Jersey woman who helped arrange the procedures online but was not in the hotel room when Ms Aderotimi and a friend received their injections.
Lt Walker said the New Jersey woman, whose name has not been released, is now considered a witness in the case.
Authorities are waiting for toxicology reports from the medical examiner before deciding what charges may be filed.
Police said Ms Aderotimi, who lived in London but was not a British citizen, flew to Philadelphia on Saturday with three other women, all in their early 20s. One friend had a similar cosmetic procedure and the other two went to New York.
Ms Aderotimi died on Monday after complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing following the procedure. The second woman was not taken to hospital.
Liquid silicone is sought on the black market by women seeking to enhance their figures, even though it is not approved for cosmetic injections. It was not known what substance was used on the women at the hotel.
Besides liquid silicone, injections of substances including paraffin, petroleum jelly and hydrogel have been illegally used to enlarge women’s breasts, hips and buttocks
Source Sun Uk
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