COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio State Buckeyes fan 9-year-old Matthew Offers has died.
Offers’ mother, Heather, made the announcement on the “Matthew strong” Facebook page.
“While our hearts are broken, we know he is free of pain, his heart is now whole, and he is no longer a prisoner in his own body. Rest easy my brave little hero. Mommy and Daddy love you and we will continue your legacy for you,” Heather wrote.
Matthew was born with congenital heart disease and has spent much of his young life in the hospital.
On September 8, Matthew’s family shared a photo of him being visited by Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
A family member tells NBC4 that during the visit the Meyer’s gave Matthew’s parents tickets to their stadium suite for the Buckeye’s game against Rutgers.
Matthew just celebrated his 9th birthday on September 14.