18-year-old YouTube songwriter Zach Sobiech passed away this morning, a year after he was diagnosed with terminal osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
Zach Sobiech first became known to the YouTube world after his original song “Clouds” went viral with over 2.9 million views on YouTube. When he was 14 years old, Zach was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, and after three years of seeing few positive results from his treatment, Zach and his family were told he had only a year left to live. Zach wrote “Clouds” as a goodbye to his friends and family, a song they could cherish long as he passed.
The overwhelming online response to Zach’s song led to him signing with Broadcast Music Inc. in New York City where he worked on and recorded his first album “Fix Me Up.” All money he earned from both “Clouds” and his debut album Zach donated to the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund, a research fund started by his family in his name. Just recently, Zach was honored by YouTube channel SoulPancakes in a video that featured celebrities such as Rainn Wilson, Jason Mraz, Bryan Cranston and Sarah Silverman singing along to “Clouds.” The video was created to raise awareness and funds for The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund. The story of Zach’s passion for life has touched the hearts of millions of people worldwide, and with his songs, Zach has left behind a legacy of helping to fuel a desire in others to find a cure for osteosarcoma.
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