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16-year-old LSU superfan Sid Ortis dies after battle with cancer

8 years 5 months 1 week ago Saturday, October 31 2015 Oct 31, 2015 October 31, 2015 2:38 PM October 31, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Kevin Dupuy
Image: Facebook - Lynn Ortis

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!!!"

Today around 7:24 am Sid won his race and is in Heaven celebrating !!! We are so proud of our son for not getting bitter...

Posted by Lynn Allen Ortis on Saturday, October 31, 2015

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.

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.

Ortis was also able to see his favorite team dominate the Auburn Tigers 45-21 in Tiger Stadium.

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