Tributes to teenager Stephen Sutton as he loses fight with cancer

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Inspirational teenager Stephen Sutton, who raised more than £3.2 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust, has died in hospital.

In a statement posted on the Stephen's Story Facebook page, the 19-year-old's family said he passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning.

Stephen, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, was readmitted to hospital on Sunday after developing breathing difficulties caused by the re-growth of tumours.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Stephen's mother, Jane, said: ''My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son.

''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.''

Stephen, who was diagnosed with metastatic bowel cancer aged 15, was visited earlier this month at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital by Prime Minister David Cameron, who praised his ''incredible'' efforts to help others.

In a statement after news of Stephen's death was announced, the Teenage Cancer Trust said: ''We are humbled and hugely grateful for what Stephen achieved and continues to achieve for us.

''The thoughts of everyone here at Teenage Cancer Trust are with Stephen's family and friends.''

Donations to the Trust via Stephen's fund-raising page - www.justgiving.com/stephen-sutton-tct - continued to pour in as news of his death spread on social media.

One person making a donation to Stephen's JustGiving appeal wrote: ''What a fantastic, eloquent, inspirational young man.

''May you rest in peace. Thank you for sharing your life with us. Truly sad today.

Comedian Jason Manford, who helped to champion Stephen's fundraising, said today: ''Stephen Sutton was the most inspiring person I've ever met and touched more lives than he will ever know.

''He was an incredibly positive young man and a credit to his family, to Burntwood and to humanity itself. The reason we took to him so passionately was because he was better than us, he did something that none of us could even imagine doing.

''In his darkest hour he selflessly dedicated his final moments to raising millions of pounds for teenagers with cancer.

''Some of Stephen's words will stay with me and others forever and they are words to live by - 'life isn't measured in time, it's measured in achievements'. If that's true, Stephen, then you had a fulfilling life full of special moments and you will live long in the memory of thousands, if not millions, of people.''

Siobhan Dunn, chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, said: ''Stephen was an exceptional young man and ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust. He will be remembered for his incredible positivity by all who met or connected with him.

''Stephen didn't measure life in time, preferring instead to measure it by the difference someone makes. Stephen has made an enormous difference to Teenage Cancer Trust and the seven young people diagnosed with cancer every day who need our help.''

Stephen Sutton used social media including Twitter and Facebook to raise millions of pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust before his death, so it was fitting that many of his celebrity supporters went online to pay their tributes to the inspirational teenager.

Comic Ricky Gervais took to Twitter to say: ''RIP Stephen Sutton. A true hero and inspiration to us all.''

Former deputy prime minister John Prescott said: ''So sad to hear of Stephen Sutton's passing but he achieved more in his 19 years than most do in a lifetime. Live life to the full EVERY day.''

Broadcaster Clare Balding said: ''Desperately sad to hear that Stephen Sutton has died. I feel privileged to have met him and heard him speak.''

Singer Barry Manilow described the 19-year-old from Burntwood, Staffordshire, as ''an inspiring and beautiful soul'', while cricketer Kevin Pietersen said he was ''an amazing, selfless and immensely inspirational young man''.

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2:21pm Wed 14 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

Very,, very sad....this young man is a total hero...I expect everyone who knew him are very proud of what he has achieved in his short life..RIP
Very,, very sad....this young man is a total hero...I expect everyone who knew him are very proud of what he has achieved in his short life..RIP 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 21

2:39pm Wed 14 May 14

elvisimo says...

What he achieved was amazing. Very sad for the family. They should rightly be incredibly proud.
What he achieved was amazing. Very sad for the family. They should rightly be incredibly proud. elvisimo
  • Score: 15

2:48pm Wed 14 May 14

IronLady2010 says...

He is no longer with us, but we will remember him! We should all be very proud of this young gentleman.

I was only recent that some nasty comments about this kind hearted young man were posted on social media about him faking the illness. I hope these people now make a donation in honor of him.

RIP xxx
He is no longer with us, but we will remember him! We should all be very proud of this young gentleman. I was only recent that some nasty comments about this kind hearted young man were posted on social media about him faking the illness. I hope these people now make a donation in honor of him. RIP xxx IronLady2010
  • Score: 17

3:56pm Wed 14 May 14

downfader says...

Poor sod. Rest in peace! A good kid who inspired a lot of people.
Poor sod. Rest in peace! A good kid who inspired a lot of people. downfader
  • Score: 3

4:02pm Wed 14 May 14

Zexagon says...

I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves
I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves Zexagon
  • Score: 16

4:21pm Wed 14 May 14

downfader says...

Zexagon wrote:
I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves
As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves[/p][/quote]As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment. downfader
  • Score: 6

6:59pm Wed 14 May 14

Joseph Public says...

What a guy! Just think what he could have achieved if life hadn't been so cruel. Makes you also realise that you shouldn't waste your own potential on petty issues.

RIP, young man.
What a guy! Just think what he could have achieved if life hadn't been so cruel. Makes you also realise that you shouldn't waste your own potential on petty issues. RIP, young man. Joseph Public
  • Score: 6

7:34pm Wed 14 May 14

userds5050 says...

downfader wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves
As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.
What are you about?
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves[/p][/quote]As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.[/p][/quote]What are you about? userds5050
  • Score: 0

7:37pm Wed 14 May 14

userds5050 says...

downfader wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves
As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.
What are you on about?
[quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves[/p][/quote]As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.[/p][/quote]What are you on about? userds5050
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Wed 14 May 14

Zexagon says...

userds5050 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves
As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.
What are you on about?
Last week or week before he coughed up part of the tumour and his condition improved a bit ( his breathing I think) and he went home from hospital. Well this started all the thick people off saying he was putting it on and he wasn't as bad as he was making out. So to all those who said that,I'm hoping they're taking a good look at themselves
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves[/p][/quote]As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.[/p][/quote]What are you on about?[/p][/quote]Last week or week before he coughed up part of the tumour and his condition improved a bit ( his breathing I think) and he went home from hospital. Well this started all the thick people off saying he was putting it on and he wasn't as bad as he was making out. So to all those who said that,I'm hoping they're taking a good look at themselves Zexagon
  • Score: 5

9:11pm Wed 14 May 14

userds5050 says...

Zexagon wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves
As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.
What are you on about?
Last week or week before he coughed up part of the tumour and his condition improved a bit ( his breathing I think) and he went home from hospital. Well this started all the thick people off saying he was putting it on and he wasn't as bad as he was making out. So to all those who said that,I'm hoping they're taking a good look at themselves
Oh I get that part. I was talking about downfader saying people should be fined for having an opinion. Yeah the people thinking this guy was putting it on look pretty stupid now. but it's their opinion and they're allowed to express it. Fine them. Totally pathetic. Downfader you need to grow up.
[quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves[/p][/quote]As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.[/p][/quote]What are you on about?[/p][/quote]Last week or week before he coughed up part of the tumour and his condition improved a bit ( his breathing I think) and he went home from hospital. Well this started all the thick people off saying he was putting it on and he wasn't as bad as he was making out. So to all those who said that,I'm hoping they're taking a good look at themselves[/p][/quote]Oh I get that part. I was talking about downfader saying people should be fined for having an opinion. Yeah the people thinking this guy was putting it on look pretty stupid now. but it's their opinion and they're allowed to express it. Fine them. Totally pathetic. Downfader you need to grow up. userds5050
  • Score: -3

10:39pm Wed 14 May 14

Block 42 says...

probably the best use of social media...completley puts life in perspective.an actual legend.
probably the best use of social media...completley puts life in perspective.an actual legend. Block 42
  • Score: 7

7:20pm Thu 15 May 14

downfader says...

userds5050 wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
userds5050 wrote:
downfader wrote:
Zexagon wrote:
I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves
As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.
What are you on about?
Last week or week before he coughed up part of the tumour and his condition improved a bit ( his breathing I think) and he went home from hospital. Well this started all the thick people off saying he was putting it on and he wasn't as bad as he was making out. So to all those who said that,I'm hoping they're taking a good look at themselves
Oh I get that part. I was talking about downfader saying people should be fined for having an opinion. Yeah the people thinking this guy was putting it on look pretty stupid now. but it's their opinion and they're allowed to express it. Fine them. Totally pathetic. Downfader you need to grow up.
I'm talking specifically about the pernicious and nasty comments that were thrown at the lad. True trolling abuse. This is not a case of opinion.

I take it you're fine with people abusing vulnerable people online like this, then?
[quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]userds5050[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]downfader[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Zexagon[/bold] wrote: I hope the people who doubted his condition when he left hospital have a long hard think about themselves[/p][/quote]As I said on twitter... if someone were to sue or fine those people they could throw the money at cancer treatment.[/p][/quote]What are you on about?[/p][/quote]Last week or week before he coughed up part of the tumour and his condition improved a bit ( his breathing I think) and he went home from hospital. Well this started all the thick people off saying he was putting it on and he wasn't as bad as he was making out. So to all those who said that,I'm hoping they're taking a good look at themselves[/p][/quote]Oh I get that part. I was talking about downfader saying people should be fined for having an opinion. Yeah the people thinking this guy was putting it on look pretty stupid now. but it's their opinion and they're allowed to express it. Fine them. Totally pathetic. Downfader you need to grow up.[/p][/quote]I'm talking specifically about the pernicious and nasty comments that were thrown at the lad. True trolling abuse. This is not a case of opinion. I take it you're fine with people abusing vulnerable people online like this, then? downfader
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