Zach Sobiech


LAKELAND, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota teenager whose song "Clouds" became an Internet sensation has died after battling a rare form of bone cancer.

Zach Sobiech (SOH'-bee-ak) of Lakeland died Monday at his home, according to a CaringBridge post by his mother. He was 18.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports his family thanked people who "listened with their hearts" and helped Sobiech "bring his message and his music to the world."

Sobiech began writing songs of farewell to family and friends last fall. His first song, "Clouds," has received almost 3 million YouTube hits.

The catchy tune inspired tributes and covers, including a celebrity video.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of St. Michael in Stillwater.

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I just met you today,
And you're gone.
Absent in body,
Always present in spirit.
So cool you showed up in my life today.
Thank you.

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Fly High Zach! Beautiful Person and Beautiful Voice.
God Bless. Sincerely, Ann Gates

I just lost my best friend of 42 years to suicide and am walking in his honor in Milwaukee. I had followed Zach's story in 2012 and 2013 up to and subsequent to Zach's tragic passing. Zach did more good on this earth in his short 18 years than most people do in a life time. I was able to interface with his girlfriend, Amy in an e-mail expressing my condolences. My son is in his 3rd year of med school and plans to go into pediatric medicine and I hope, one day, a cure is found for the...

I have read Lauras beautiful, touching and moving story more than once. I have fallen in love with the whole Sobiech family (especially Zach!) . I too am a catholic mom of four children so I could relate to every thought and feeling that came to Laura . I shed quite a few tears while reading but not all sad. What a beautiful and inspirational family. I thank you for sharing your story and I pray for Zach and your family.

I'm looking forward to meeting you face-to-face! God Bless you!

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. "Clouds" eternally now...

hi there Zack u have touched my heart in so many was and ur songs are awesome u had ur whole life a head.of u,now ur with Jesus,
Rest in Pease my friend