WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WISH) – He’d been described as a determined, willful child who has always had trouble saying “no.”
Tyler Trent, the Purdue University superfan who continued to attend sporting events and classes as he battled cancer, died Tuesday, according to a tweet from the Purdue Cancer Center.
Using his Twitter handle, the tweet at 9:04 p.m. said, “It’s with the deepest sorrow that we have to say goodbye to @theTylerTrent. We have all become #TylerStrong. To his family, words can’t express how sorry we are that he has passed. His life May have been short, but his legacy with be forever.”
Trent was suffering from a rare bone cancer, which is terminal. He received nationwide attention in his battle against cancer. He was known for leading football fans in loud chants of “Cancer sucks.”
In 2017, Trent camped with another student to get good seats to a Purdue-Michigan football game, just hours after chemotherapy.
In the 2018 football season, he motivated the Purdue team to upset the Ohio State Buckeyes on national television.
His popularity lead to the creation of a bobblehead earlier this year. It features Tyler in a black and gold Purdue blazer and a “Cancer Sucks” T-shirt, an image approved by Trent in “all capital letters.” The Bottlehead Hall of Fame and Museum has been donating $5 from each bobblehead sold to the V Foundation for Cancer Research and the Tyler Trent Cancer Research Endowment, charities chosen by Trent himself.
More recently, “The Upset,” his autobiography was made available for preorder. A portion of the proceeds were to go toward Trent’s effort to raise $1 million for cancer research.