Katy Perry Honors Olivia Wise: ‘Roar’ Cover Singer, 16, Dies Of Brain Cancer

Tue, November 26, 2013 12:06pm EST by 5 Comments

Olivia Wise didn’t let an inoperable brain tumor keep her from singing out her roar. The inspiring teen, who captured the hearts of millions when she sang a beautiful cover of Katy Perry’s hit, ‘Roar,’ passed away at the age of 16 on Nov. 25.

Olivia Wise recorded an emotional cover of Katy Perry‘s girl-power anthem, “Roar,” at a Toronto, Canada studio in Sept. 2013 while she was battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. The YouTube video of the teen’s song touched so many people — including Katy herself! When Katy learned that Olivia passed away on Nov. 25, she sent out a Twitter tribute to the newest singing “angel.”

Olivia Wise Dies: Katy Perry Honors Inspiring 16-Year-Old ‘Roar’ Singer

After gaining international attention for her beautiful cover of “Roar” in Sept., Olivia passed away on Nov. 25. She had been diagnosed with brain cancer in Jan. 2012 after suffering a seizure, and had an inoperable tumor.

“She died peacefully in her home surrounded by the extraordinary love of her family,” Olivia’s family said in a statement to CNN. “In many ways, Olivia has lived a shortened, but full life.”

“Every day, she wished for a cure, and rarely succumbed to negative thoughts,” her mother said. “To tell the truth, her diagnosis didn’t change her personality. It only enhanced it. She took the news in a mature, reasonable, responsible way. … Even in the most difficult moments, she managed to bring laughter and friendship to all that were caring for her.”

Katy Perry Honors Olivia Wise

Katy tweeted out a touching tribute to the teen when she heard of her passing:

After hearing Olivia’s song for the first time, Katy filmed her own YouTube video reaching out to Olivia. “I was very moved and you sounded great,” Katy said. “I love you. A lot of people love you and that’s why your video got to me. It moved everybody that saw it. Keep roaring!”

Olivia’s song reached over a million views on YouTube and helped raise $77,000 for the Liv Wise Fund, which was started in her name for brain tumor research.

Our thoughts are with Olivia’s family.

– Kristine Hope Kowalski

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Mrs. wright

Posted at 6:21 PM on November 26, 2013  

Made me cry. My Dad died of brain cancer and it robbed us of so much time, but it is even worse for such a young talented girl to go before she got a chance to live. Rest in peace Olivia, you are an angel!

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Terry in BC

Posted at 4:10 PM on November 26, 2013  

Not touched? Check your pulse! This story touches the core of the human condition. Battered, but not beaten by the ‘unfairness’ of life, Olivia’s spirit will live in so many lives, and so many lives will prosper in spirit, through her example. Yeah – life’s not fair; get on with it and make it all it can be … and watch the world change, one uplifted spirit at a time. Thank you, Ms Wise; you were chosen for the work you have done.

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terry edwards

Posted at 5:31 PM on November 26, 2013  

god bless that amazing young lady and may god hold her in his loving arms

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*-* Bad Kitty

Posted at 1:05 PM on November 26, 2013  

Hearing you Roar in Heaven. Rest little angel, you are Home.

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Posted at 12:12 PM on November 26, 2013  

Luv U Katy!

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