Purdue Superfan Tyler Trent Passes Away at 20

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Tyler Trent, the Purdue student who sparked hope amid tears from a nation that followed his journey with terminal cancer, has died. He was 20 years old.

Trent enrolled as a student at Purdue in September 2017, but had to leave school during the fall of 2018 after osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer identified in his spine, intensified. Trent had first discovered the disease when he was 15 years old, overcoming it following nine months of chemotherapy before it resurfaced two years later.

Trent’s story, bolstered by his extraordinary maturity and positivity inspired millions and, in turn, generated awareness and donations for cancer research. The Purdue super fan was the subject of ESPN features, named an honorary team captain for the Old Oaken Bucket game and received the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor for Indiana civilians.

Trent became a heartwarming fixture within the Boilermakers’ season and the college football world. He was on Purdue’s sideline for its win over then-No. 2 Ohio State in October after predicting the win. He announced the Boilermakers’ bowl matchup in the Music City Bowl against Auburn on Twitter, then was flown to the game by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay in a personal jet.

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