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Stephen Sutton Tributes Push Up Donations
Stephen Sutton's cancer fundraising campaign has raised £400k in one day since the teenager's family announced his death.
Thousands of people inspired by the 19-year-old's story have pledged cash to his JustGiving page since he passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The total, which stood at just over £3.2m before Stephen's death, had rocketed to more than £3.66m by 2pm on Thursday as tributes continued to pour in from politicians, celebrities and members of the public.
Many of the most recent donations to the JustGiving campaign for the Teenage Cancer Trust have been accompanied by simple messages of tribute or thanks.
Rebecca G wrote: "Inspirational Young Man. Rest in Peace :)."
An anonymous donor said: "In memory of a truly courageous and inspirational young man - Stephen, you will never be forgotten xx."
Stephen's mother Jane Sutton announced that he had passed away on his Facebook page, saying: "My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May.
"The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey.
"We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many."
Prime Minister David Cameron, who met Stephen, told Sky News: "He was really inspiring. I feel deeply sorry for Stephen's family, for everyone that knew him.
"He was determined not to waste a minute, not to waste an hour, or a day. I can hardly think of anyone I have met with such a zest for life, with such a belief that you can get things done, and who wanted to live every minute.
"He did extraordinary things for charity and meeting him was a huge privilege. A very bright light has gone out."
The Teenage Cancer Trust, which Stephen raised money for, said in a statement: "We are humbled and hugely grateful for what Stephen achieved, and continues to achieve, for young people with cancer."
News of Stephen's death came shortly after his family said the teenager from Burntwood, Staffordshire, had become too sick to communicate as his condition deteriorated.
He was readmitted to hospital on Sunday after having previously been discharged when it appeared he had made a "miraculous recovery" by coughing up a tumour.
At the time he revealed that he was suffering from breathlessness and said doctors thought there was something blocking his airway.
He wrote on Facebook: "The doctors think there may be something restricting my airway again, they're not sure exactly what yet though (tumour regrowth, infection, inflammation, are all potential reasons mentioned), but are currently discussing the possibilities and my scan results to decide what to do next."
Stephen, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, was diagnosed with bowel cancer when he was 15.
Despite treatment the tumours spread, with doctors telling him the disease was terminal in 2012.