So sad. The Minnesota teen, who wrote and posted a farewell song on YouTube during his bone-cancer fight, succumbed to his illness at home on May 19.
Zach Sobiech, who fought bone cancer since he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma at 14 years old, was told by doctors in June 2012 that he had less than a year to live. Zach wrote, recorded and released “Clouds,” a song about facing death, on YouTube in December, and it’s been viewed at least three million times since its release.
Zach Sobiech Dead — ‘Clouds’ Singer Dies Of Cancer At 18
“Zach was at home and at peace with those he loved most. Zach’s life ended just as he lived, embraced by the love of his family, friends, grace and music,” the Children’s Cancer Research Fund announced on its website.
The Children’s Cancer site added, “Cancer may have taken Zach too soon, but he leaves a lasting legacy that many of us will never achieve. His message of love and hope delivered through infectious lyrics and simple tunes have imprinted on the minds and hearts of millions around the world.”
Zach’s family, who hope to carry on his mission to help kids with cancer, released a statement as well.
“It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of our son Zachary David Sobiech. Our family has been blessed not only by his amazing presence in our lives, but also by the love and support of our family and friends and by so many people in the community. In particular we’d like to thank those people who listened with their hearts and helped Zach bring his message and his music to the world,” his family said in a statement, obtained by the Today show.
Zach Sobiech: Mission To Help Kids With Cancer Continues
Zach’s parents Rob and Laura, and siblings Alli, Sam and Grace ask that all memorials be directed to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.
This news is so sad. Our thoughts go out to Zach’s friends and family at this time. Please take a moment to listen to his beautiful song below.
— Chris Rogers