WESTERLY, R.I. (CBS/AP) — Dorian Murray, an 8-year-old Rhode Island boy with terminal cancer who told his father he wanted to be famous in China, has died.
His family announced on Facebook that he died late Tuesday night, writing:
Dorian J. Murray (#dstrong) has gained his beautiful angel wings tonight and is now pain free. He was surrounded by people who love him and his transition to heaven was very peaceful. He was embraced by both mom and dad.
Dorian had a rare and untreatable form of pediatric cancer. He was diagnosed when he was 4. His treatment was stopped after cancer cells were found in his spinal fluid.
Earlier this year, the Westerly boy told his family he wanted to be famous in China before going to heaven. His father posted the wish on social media, urging people to use the hashtag #DStrong, and it spread across the globe.
Since then, Dorian received the key to the city of Cranston and state lawmakers passed a General Assembly resolution marking Jan. 20 as "#DSTRONG Day" in his honor.
Tributes from around New England poured in for Dorian on Wednesday from the sports teams that honored him, to law enforcement that got to know him.
Earlier this week, his family started the "Dorian J. Murray Foundation" to keep the #DStrong movement going forever.
The foundation's mission will be to bring more awareness to pediatric cancer and raise money to support pediatric cancer research, as well as families of diagnosed children.
Dorian's family says more information about the foundation will be released soon.
Anyone who wants to donate now can send a check to:
The Dorian J. Murray Foundation
PO Box 1225
Westerly RI 02891.
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