Justin Bieber Lookalike Died of Accidental Drug Overdose

By Victoria Kim 07/27/16

The 35-year-old My Strange Addiction star was well-known for his plastic surgery addiction and quest to achieve Justin Bieber's likeness.

Justin Bieber Lookalike Died of Accidental Drug Overdose
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The autopsy report of the man who spent over $100,000 on plastic surgery to look like Justin Bieber was finally released on Monday, nearly a year after his death. The official cause of death was multiple drug intoxication, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.

Tobias Strebel, better known as Toby Sheldon from his appearances on Botched and My Strange Addiction, was found dead in a Los Angeles Motel 6 on August 21, 2015, a full week after he was reported missing. 

A variety of substances was found in his system, according to the autopsy report obtained by the Southern California News Group, including diazepam (Valium), temazepam (a sedative for insomnia), Xanax, alcohol, morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone. Also found in his room were syringes and a bottle of insulin. 

The 35-year-old was a native of Nuremberg, Germany who had come to Hollywood to pursue a songwriting career. But instead of music, he was better known for his plastic surgery addiction in his pursuit to achieve Justin Bieber’s likeness. 

His long list of procedures included liposuction, lip lifts, fat injections, and multiple hair transplants—to name a few—racking up more than $100,000 on his plastic surgery bill over the years.

He said on the TLC series My Strange Addiction in 2014 that he considered his past surgeries a success. But apparently he wasn’t totally satisfied with his overall progress toward Justin Bieber-ness. “I would say I’m like 80% happy,” he told E! in 2014. “I do think I can be 100% happy if I just invest more time, effort and money into the face. I’m addicted to plastic surgery.”

During a 2013 interview on the talk show Bethenny, Sheldon told host Bethenny Frankel that he wouldn’t be giving up plastic surgery any time soon. When she asked what it would take for him to abandon his pursuit of Bieber perfection, he replied: “If I die, I guess.” 

As for his music career, the last project he promoted on his Twitter was a single aptly named “The Plastics.” The song features Sheldon and other artists who share his obsession with going under the knife. The music video has been viewed over 1.1 million times on YouTube since 2014. 

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