Teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton, who raised more than £3m via social media, has died aged 19.
Stephen was admitted to hospital at the weekend with breathing difficulties. On Tuesday his family said they had been told the breathlessness was due to the regrowth of tumours that were blocking the teenager’s airways and said his condition had deteriorated in the last 24 hours.
Posting on the teenager’s Facebook blog, his family said:
“Hi everyone, this is Stephen’s family. Unfortunately in the last 24 hours Stephen’s condition has deteriorated to where he can no longer communicate through this page himself. Unfortunately the breathlessness which had him re-admitted to hospital is due to the regrowth of tumours which are blocking his airways, and not just due to infection as we had all been hoping.
“He is currently comfortable and stable, and we will let you know of any further developments. Right now however, as a family, we wish for a certain amount of privacy for us to spend what time he has remaining with him. We appreciate everyone’s concern, and for all the love and goodwill sent his way, and indeed ours too, we thank you deeply x.”
But Today His heart broken Mom put this message on Stephens facebook page
”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 throughout 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.
His mom x
On Twitter David Cameron Said: I’m deeply saddened to hear that Stephen Sutton has died. His spirit, bravery and fundraising for cancer research were all an inspiration.