Reaction to Lauren Hill's death
Lauren Hill, the inspiring college basketball player at Mount St. Joseph University, died Friday morning after a battle with brain cancer. Her life was short, but the list of people the 19-year-old inspired is long.
Legions of admirers took to social media to pay tribute to Hill. A five-tweet series from LeBron James was among the most touching.
Dear Lauren Hill, You are the true definition of strength, courage, power, leadership, etc etc! Your time spent on earth will never be...— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 10, 2015
forgotten. I have that I never got the chance to meet u in person but know you inspired me the whole time! For every life u touched, u...— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 10, 2015
made the biggest impact of them by just being YOU!! You're in a far better place now and please don't have to much fun up there w/o all...— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 10, 2015
your family and friends. Can u please tell my Grandma I said hello. Don't be afraid, she knows you cause we spoke about u plenty of times..— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 10, 2015
Devon Still, who got to know Hill through his own daughter's battle with cancer, also posted a thoughtful message.
"When you die it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you leave." Lauren never let this terrible disease define her. She didn't let it control whether she lived out her dream of playing college ball and she fought to live pass what doctors originally told her she would. Lauren left her mark on this world by showing people what it really meant to NEVER GIVE UP. So would I say she lost her battle with cancer? Hell no! Because of her fight and selfless act of using her fight to raise an incredible amount of money and awareness, doctors will one day find a cure for DIPG! It hurt like hell seeing the news this morning and i'm not even sure how I'm going to tell my daughter. In the past two weeks, two kids that I have met and developed relationships with have passed from cancer smh something's got to give its not right #For22 #LaurenStrong
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Here's a sampling of other reactions from the world of sports.
So sad to hear that we lost Lauren Hill, the beautiful young lady who love basketball and fought the fight of her life with brain cancer— Nancy Lieberman (@NancyLieberman) April 10, 2015
God Bless Lauren Hill. My thoughts are with her family.. as a father I am praying for comfort for them.— Mick Cronin (@CoachCroninUC) April 10, 2015
I know I shouldn't sit here sad after hearing Lauren Hill is gone. She sure didn't. With a heavy heart, I will get up and live today fully.— Wendi Nix (@WendiNix_ESPN) April 10, 2015
Rest in peace, Lauren Hill. Thank you for serving as an inspiration to all of us.— Pat Summitt Fnd (@WeBackPat) April 10, 2015