Tyler Trent, the former Purdue student who inspired countless sports fans with his gratitude and grace, died from a rare form of bone cancer on Tuesday. He was 20 years old.
Purdue superfan Tyler Trent has died after a long battle with a rare form of bone cancer.
This is his inspirational story. pic.twitter.com/ttneNtiy2V
— ESPN (@espn) January 2, 2019
Head Coach Jeff Brohm took to Twitter to share his thoughts on Trent on Tuesday night.
Rest In Peace to our team captain and our hero! God has put Tyler on his team!! His courage, strength and spirit touched a nation and inspired us all!! We love you Tyler! #TylerStrong 🙏 pic.twitter.com/YpRisGlM8D
— Jeff Brohm (@JeffBrohm) January 2, 2019
Purdue’s athletic department issued a statement Tuesday night offering condolences to Trent’s family and friends.
“While there are no words to ease the hurt at times like this, we hope some comfort can be found in knowing what an inspiration Tyler is to our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans,” the statement read. “The entire Purdue Athletics family has been touched by his courageous battle, positive spirit and unwavering faith. Tyler was the embodiment of a true Boilermaker who will live on in each of us. We will forever be #TylerStrong.”
The football team tweeted a photo of Trent and a message that read simply #TylerStrong
#TylerStrong 🙌 🙏 🚂 pic.twitter.com/ayBcmX4OH1
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) January 2, 2019
Purdue quarterback David Blough, who developed a strong bond with Trent, remembered his friend in a series of tweets Tuesday night.
Rest In Peace to my friend, my captain, my brother, my hero. You inspired us all by the way you lived. I love you, and I can’t wait to see you again. Forever #TylerStrong. pic.twitter.com/pAJAdtL6v8
— David Blough (@david_blough10) January 2, 2019
Trent also got a special bobble head created for him.
Purdue Super Fan Tyler Trent Gets His Own Bobblehead to Help Cancer Fight https://t.co/HjZUVyvTNL
— SportsGossip.com (@sportsgossip) November 15, 2018
No doubt he’ll be remembered forever.
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