Zach Sobiech, who fought bone cancer since his osteosarcoma diagnosis at 14, succumbed to the disease after a long battle. He died at age 18.
The Children’s Cancer Research Fund reported on its website:
“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.”
Zach wrote, recorded and released “Clouds,” a song about facing death, on YouTube in December; it’s been viewed at least three million times since.
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 released a statement as well: “It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of our son Zachary David Sobiech," they said.
"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."
Zach’s parents Rob and Laura, and siblings Alli, Sam and Grace ask that all memorials be directed to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund.
Our thoughts go out to Zach’s friends and family.