16-year-old LSU superfan Sid Ortis dies after battle with cancer
BIRMINGHAM– LSU Tiger nation lost a very special fan to cancer Saturday morning.
Sid Ortis, a 16-year-old LSU Tiger fan from Birmingham, Ala. died Saturday morning after battling cancer that had spread across his body.
Sid’s mother, Lynn Ortis, broke the news on Facebook writing, “Today around 7:24 am Sid won his race and is in Heaven celebrating!!!"
Two weeks ago, the 16-year-old wrote on Twitter on Oct. 19 that doctors said that he only had a few weeks to live, but thanked his followers for the support.
I've been told officially I only have A few weeks to live I just want to thank everybody for the support I've gotten thru this fight— Sid Ortis (@sidortis) October 19, 2015
ESPN reports that Ortis was diagnosed with cancer in August 2014. After months of chemotherapy, in February he learned that the cancer had spread to other areas in his body, including his lungs.
Ortis gained national attention in September when he was personally invited to Tiger Stadium by LSU football coach Les Miles, according to ESPN. Before the September 19 game against the Auburn Tigers, Ortis was able to meet Myles as well as well as Matt Flynn and Kevin Mawae.
Hmmm I wonder who that lucky kid was ;) pic.twitter.com/XL46h145cG— Sid Ortis (@sidortis) September 24, 2015
Ortis was also able to see his favorite team dominate the Auburn Tigers 45-21 in Tiger Stadium.