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article imageStephen Sutton, inspirational fundraiser, dies at 19

By Mathew Wace Peck     May 14, 2014 in Health
Stephen Sutton, the British teenager famous for raising £3 million, has died peacefully in his sleep, his mother has revealed.
Jane Sutton posted the news on Stephen's Facebook page earlier today, describing the 19-yrear-old as a "courageous, selfless, inspirational son."
Stephen's mother also thanked those people who had supported her son through his fundraising efforts. She wrote, "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."
Jane confirmed that Stephen had passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning (May 14); he died peacefully in his sleep, the BBC reports.
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, who met Stephen last month, tweeted, "I'm deeply saddened to hear that Stephen Sutton has died. His spirit, bravery and fundraising for cancer research were all an inspiration."
Initially, through his Facebook page, Stephen's story, the 19-year-old had raised £10,000 for charity; however, this sum exploded to over £3 million following a "final" selfie he made online last month.
Earlier this month, young man's health rallied a little and he was released from hospital. Sadly, the BBC reports, he was readmitted to hospital on Sunday (May, 11) after he developed "breathing difficulties caused by the re-growth of tumours."
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