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RIP Zach Sobiech: Viral Clouds Songwriter Dies of Bone Cancer

Zach Sobiech Clouds

Zach Sobiech, Clouds viral YouTube song creater, died on Monday from his bone cancer fight.

Zach Sobiech, recently celebrated his 18th birthday, was diagnosed with osteosarcoma when he was 14. He underwent multiple surgeries and months of chemotherapy before being told that the cancer had spread to the point that the best that doctors could hope for was to slow the disease’s progression. He was told by doctors last June that he had less than a year to live.

After he was diagnosed with cancer, Zach began writing music. His first song, “Clouds” Zach wrote for himself and his family. When Zach’s song was posted to YouTube last year, it quickly went viral. The song about facing death received more than three million YouTube views.

Clouds by Zach Sobiech

Clouds Song by Zach Sobiech

Dozens of celebrities recently posted a response in which they joined forces to lip sync to Zach’s “Clouds” song.

Zach Sobiech “Clouds” Celebrity Music Video

Given only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye. His song “Clouds” spread, and soon, Zach’s message was heard across the country. We wanted to help Zach spread his message, and bring awareness to increase support for finding a cure. So, we asked our friends to help out…they did.

Zach Sobiech’s death was announced on the Childrens Cancer, “With heavy hearts, we are saddened to share that Zach Sobiech passed away this morning. 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.”

“It is with heavy heart that we announce the passing of our son Zachary David Sobiech,” his family said in a statement obtained by the Today Show. “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.”

The Sobiech family, parents Rob and Laura, and siblings Alli, Sam and Grace request that all memorials be given to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund to help kids with cancer.

All of the money generated by his music went to fund research of osteosarcoma, which typically occurs in teens and adolescents. Sales of the CD have raised nearly $100,000 since its release in December, according to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund, with another $10,000 or more expected to come from the royalties from digital download sales from websites such as iTunes.

“His music touched millions, and he leaves a lasting legacy that will help other young cancer patients through the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund,” said John Hallberg, CEO of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. “Zach once said, ‘You don’t have to find out you’re dying to start living.’ He taught us all how to live, and we are all better for having known him.”

My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech

Zach Sobiech is a 17 year old diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. With only months to live, Zach turned to music to say goodbye. Zach turned 18 years old May 3rd, 2013. Zach Sobiech passed away May 20, 2013. Our hearts and prayers are with his family and friends. We are forever touched by his story.

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