Purdue fan who inspired many with fight against cancer dies



Tyler Trent, the Purdue fan with terminal cancer who inspired countless people while battling the disease, died on Tuesday.

Sports Illustrated reports Trent was as a student at Purdue in September 2017, "but had to leave school during the fall of 2018 after osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer identified in his spine, intensified".

Trent had been the subject of features from the likes of ESPN due to his optimistic outlook on life and perseverance despite the diagnoses he had been given.

CNN's Kaitlan Collins tweeted: "Heartbreaking news".

In recent months, Trent's rise to the mainstream included an appearance on "SportsCenter" with Scott Van Pelt. "He reminded us what being good is all about".

Trent's fight against cancer had become a rallying cry for Purdue University football and its fans, CBS Indianapolis affiliate WTTV reports. "We will forever be #TylerStrong".

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'To his family, words can't express how sorry we are that he has passed. In addition to being an honorary captain at Purdue's annual Old Oaken Bucket game, Trent was awarded the Disney Spirit Award which is awarded to the most inspirational individual or team in college football.

'This kid was inspirational, showing such dignity & poise on the national stage as he battled a bad illness. "Not only from Purdue fans, but from across the nation, including Ohio State fans".

'My thoughts are with his family, friends and all Boilermakers tonight'.

'So tough, so composed, so mature, so grateful as he faced the death he knew was coming'.

'If we can all live like he did, the world will be a better place.

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