Cancer Sufferer Teenager Stephen Sutton, who rose to fame recently after raising more than £3.2m for the Teenage Cancer Trust, has died in hospital.
Announcing his death, his mother Jane said: "My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May.
"The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen through his journey. We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many."
The news has saddened people from all walks who know Stephen Sutton and his inspirational work. British Prime Minister David Cameron expressed his condolence in a tweet:
I'm deeply saddened to hear that Stephen Sutton has died. His spirit, bravery and fundraising for cancer research were all an inspiration.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) May 14, 2014
Sutton rose to international fame after he used social media to promote his fundraising. In addition to a JustGiving donations page, he had a website and a Facebook page, and a Twitter feed, YouTube channel and Tumbler and Instagram pages.
He propelled himself to new heights of popularity when he recently posted a touching message that he was nearing his death. "I've done well to blag things as well as I have up till now, but unfortunately I think this is just one hurdle too far," he had said.
Soon after his death was made public on Wednesday, Twitter exploded with condolence messages. Take a look at few touching ones
RIP Stephen Sutton. Kept it sunnyside up till the end and showed how you can make a difference with whatever cards you're dealt. Inspiring. — The Hoosiers (@thehoosiersuk) May 14, 2014
RIP Stephen Sutton. Incredible guy. Inspirational doesn't even come close to describing his story. What a legacy @_StephensStory
— Chris Ramsey (@IAmChrisRamsey) May 14, 2014
RIP Stephen Sutton, such a resilient, thoughtful and thoroughly decent person
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) May 14, 2014
RIP Stephen Sutton. What a truly inspirational young man & showed us what brilliance can be achieved when we don't give fear a chance. — Miss L (@ProResting) May 14, 2014
RIP Stephen Sutton! Loved your inspirational stand against cancer, raising awareness & galvanised public support pic.twitter.com/E8GZ5cms1V
— David Burke (@MrDavidBurke) May 14, 2014
RIP Stephen Sutton. What an inspiration: teaching us all to embrace life, look after each other, and have love and compassion no matter what — Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) May 14, 2014
RIP Stephen Sutton. What an inspiration you are, and another taken early! #stephensstory
— Zac (@Zaka_No_7) May 14, 2014
RIP Stephen Sutton. Your courage and bravery and goodness accomplished great things. You are a star. — MillyMollyMandy (@Amandastock1) May 14, 2014