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Ty Louis Campbell Loses Battle to Cancer at 5

News broke on the little boy's public Facebook page—which more than 9,600 users follow—at about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

[Update, posted 11 p.m. Oct. 19] Cindy Campbell has divulged the details of her little boy's passing on the moving blog she uses to update thousands of her little boy's supporters on an almost daily basis. She titled it, "Our baby is finally free. Rest in peace Ty Louis Campbell."

The devastated mother said Ty died at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, after he fell into a deep sleep with a rising fever Tuesday. There was no smile that day—a rare occurrence for a little boy whose sickness could not break his spirit.

"Ty never did break his fever. He never really woke up," Cindy wrote early Thursday. 'Not until he decided to leave this earth and fly freely among the clouds. At that very moment, he was awake. He had returned to Lou and I to say goodbye. To say our hearts are broken would be like saying it tickles to have your stomach ripped open with a spoon."

 

[Update, posted 11:55 p.m. Oct. 18] Cindy's blog displayed this:

Ty Louis Campbell

10.04.2007 - 10.17.2012

In the six or so hours since the time it went live, the post garnered more than 700 comments.

 

[Original story, posted 3 p.m. Oct. 17] After putting up a fight against cancer for more than two years, Ty Louis Campbell—whose fighting spirit earned him the nickname 'SuperTy'—died Wednesday.

Neighbors confirmed the news. Word broke on Facebook at about 3 p.m., when some of the thousands of folks who follow the little boy's story online began leaving messages of condolence:

"I have no words to express the sadness & heartbreak that I am feeling. You are an amazing little boy. The bravest, strongest, most inspiring Super HERO!!! You are a true angel! My only solace is that you are no longer suffering from that horrific disease. You are pain free, cancer free, free to walk, run, jump in puddles, sing, dance, play, laugh and SMILE! We love you so much Ty! You have taken a piece of my heart with you to heaven! My only hope is that Louie, Cindy are able to find peace and comfort in all that Ty has accomplished and all the lives that were touched by your sweet little angel. My heart goes out to you Louie, Cindy, Gavin, Aunt Debi & the rest of Ty's family! ♥ ♥ ♥"

"I am a better person because of you sweet boy."

"Sweet, sweet Super Ty—you have blessed and changed the lives of so, so many people. Your journey now continues in Heaven, pain-free and happy - you are soaring. God, please take this little Angel under your wing and love him as much as he is loved on Earth. So much love and prayers for the whole Campbell family."

"Rest in peace beautiful boy. You touched the lives of so many strangers with your courage and bravery. You are pain free, flying with the angels, jumping in mud puddles. My heart breaks for your family. I will continue to pray for them and raise awareness for this awful disease."

"No words could ever be adequate. I have fallen in love with this sweet little boy and his family. I know you are at peace, Sweet Ty. I just wish there was another way. My heart is broken. Condolences to your loving family."

As of 4 p.m., Cindy had yet to update her blog.

Information on services was not immediately available. A prayer chain scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday is likely to go on as planned, organizers say.

Here is more—including his August 2010 diagnosis, his Make a Wish Foundation trip to Disney World, the absence of the disease after doctors said he had months to live and the cancer's return—on Ty's battle:

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Donna October 17, 2012 at 09:05 PM
He was such a beautiful boy - I am so heartbroken by this news. RIP Ty Louis Campbell. You are a hero to many and I promise to keep you in my heart always and to continue the fight against Pediatric Cancers.
Regina Farrell October 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM
God bless you Ty and the entire Campbell family. I am so sorry for your loss. We have all lost a great soul and I am heartbroken. RIP Ty <3
Tee we October 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Fly high little angel, rest in peace Super Ty
Karl October 17, 2012 at 11:15 PM
My heart goes out to Ty's family. Unfortunately, he and another 199 lost their battles today, and another 200 tomorrow. Childhood Cancer is severely underfunded, so please consider a donation to help stop this monster.
Kathleen K October 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM
He is at peace and finally free of the burdens of this life. may his spirit live on forever.
geraldine serrani October 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Don't you think there is a more sensitive way to describe his passing besides "losing?"
Elaine Santos October 18, 2012 at 12:37 AM
My thoughts and prayers for his family. May he be at peace.
Jenine Alvarez October 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM
My heart aches after hearing the news about Ty. I have followed this amazing child's journey for two years now and he will have a place in my heart always. His picture hangs in my kitchen and I feel honored that I get to see his amazing smile every morning. I pray that Lou, Cindy, and Gavin find the strength to heal knowing that TY is now pain free and a true angel amoung all of us. Rest in peace sweet sweet TLC. Love the Alvarez Family
D.k October 18, 2012 at 12:45 AM
The important issue is that a little boy died today. He and his family touched everyone's hearts. Passing is a polite word for death. Ty's death is a tragedy and cancer killed him. However, his death killed cancer.
Kelly October 18, 2012 at 12:46 AM
To be pain free at last from this horrible disease. Fly free with the angels sweet little Ty. You have given me strength in your ability to be such an amazing little boy.My condolences to Cindy,Lou,Gavin and everyone that has been following their heartaches.
Michael Plotkin October 18, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Our sincerest and deepest sympathies with the Campbell family. We will continue to keep you in prayer. May God bless the Campbell family with peace and serenity. We know that Ty is with The Lord and is at peace. Love the Plotkin Family
Lauren October 18, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Fly Super Ty Fly! You are an amazing little boy. You have mAde this world a better place. Seeing mud puddles and captain America, balloons, candy, has your beautiful smile written all over it! For me, every time I see those things I will know you are here watching over your family and all the other children going through the same battle. You are a blessing. Rest little Ty. . Lauren
Walter McSpedon October 18, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Tears are falling down my face and my heart is broken for a little boy I got to know through his mothers eyes. Ty you had more courage than I will ever know my little friend. I can't think of any better place to be than in Mommy and Daddys arms except in the loving arms of Jesus TY. Stay close to Mom and Dads heart little man, you know how much they will miss you but also enjoy all the things you should have been doing here. When ever you see a puddle besure to jump in it. When ever you see a low flying butterfly , run after it and laugh, laugh, laugh. :) You deserve to do that and so much more. Since love never ends you will always be close to all those who love you so much. R.I.P. TY you may be out of our reach for a short moment in time but never out of our hearts. May God Bless you Ty, Mommy and Daddy and all of Ty's family and friends. ♥
Bonnie October 18, 2012 at 12:39 PM
RIP Super Ty. My thoughts and prayers are with his mom, dad and brother. I never met Ty but got to know you through all of your mom's blogs. You are a beautiful boy.
Costco lover October 18, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Sincere sympathy. Can't imagine their loss.
Hmmm October 20, 2012 at 01:21 AM
I have learned more about life since hearing of Ty's trying life. Makes you really put things in perspective and to stop looking at all the negativity in life. I can only hope his legacy teaches this to others. His life and memories will live on in the good that we've all learned from Ty's experiences. The world has lost a favorite superhero. Thoughts go out to his family.

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