A 20-year-old from Northampton who inspired a fund-raising campaign and touched the hearts of thousands passed away on Sunday night, it has been announced.
Zac Forskitt, of Abington Vale, was diagnosed with two forms of cancer, a cancerous tumour on his chest and a rare form of leukaemia.
He inspired the #BacZac campaign (www.baczac.com) which raised thousands of pounds and awareness of his condition.
Over the weekend, the #BacZac Facebook page posted that Zac was not very well and urged people to leave messages of support.
On Sunday night, the page posted the sad news that Zac had passed away with his family around him.
“We are very sorry to announce to you that Zac passed away peacefully tonight.
“The family have been overwhelmed by your messages of support and the love that you have shown them over the last few months.
“Our thoughts and prayers go to the family - Zac inspired so many of us and his bravery and courage will stay with us forever,” the statement said.
Tributes were immediately posted on Twitter and Facebook after the announcement.
Old Northamptonians, where a number of fund-raising events have taken place, said: “Thoughts are with the Forskitt family at this very sad time. All at the club are deeply saddened by this tragic loss.”
Northampton Saints star Tom Wood said: “This just isn’t fair. Dealt the toughest hand imaginable but managed to smile throughout. Unbelievably sad. RIP Zac”
Trent Women’s Rugby said: “Our thoughts and all our love go out to Zac’s family and friends. RIP Zac. You will never been forgotten.”
The @BacZac20 Twitter feed said:” Love you always Zac an inspiration through out, like a little brother to me #RIP”