A British teenage cancer sufferer who raised more than £3 million (RM16.2mil) for charity after his fund-raising campaign went viral on social media has died at age 19.
Stephen Sutton died in his sleep on the morning of May 14, his mother Jane said on Facebook. The 19-year-old, who was first diagnosed with bowel cancer four years ago, raised the money for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity and won the support of numerous celebrities and politicians.
“My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep,” Jane wrote to her son’s 900,000 followers on his Stephen's Story Facebook page.
Sutton originally set a £10,000 fund-raising target after being told his cancer was terminal in 2012. However he received over 100,000 public donations and raised his target to £1 million after a final “goodbye” message he posted on Facebook went viral.
“It’s a final thumbs up from me,” Sutton wrote alongside what he thought was a last picture of himself in a hospital bed. “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.”