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PM on Stephen Sutton: A very bright light has gone out

David Cameron said "a very, very bright light has gone out" following the death of cancer patient and charity fundraiser Stephen Sutton this morning.

Calling Stephen "deeply inspirational", the Prime Minister said he could "hardly think of anyone I've met with such a zest for life and such a belief that you can get things done, and who wanted to live every minute".

"He was determined not to be cowed by it and to make the most of every single moment on this Earth, and he absolutely did that," Mr Cameron continued.

"I think that's why he created this phenomenon, not just here in the UK, but right around the world".

Nick Clegg pays tribute to 'selfless' Stephen Sutton

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has paid tribute to "selfless" cancer patient Stephen Sutton following the 19 year old's death:

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School's wall of remembrance honours Stephen Sutton

Teachers and pupils at Stephen Sutton's former school have paid tribute to the cancer patient, who died this morning aged 19.

One person uses a smiley face to say, 'He makes our school a better place'. Credit: ITV News/Rupert Evelyn
The wall of remembrance at Chase Terrace Technology College. Credit: ITV News/Rupert Evelyn
'After hearing your story I have changed the way I think of life and how I should use my time' another writes. Credit: ITV News/Rupert Evelyn
Teen cancer patient Stephen Sutton's story has inspired many. Credit: ITV News/Rupert Evelyn

Headteacher: 'Stephen leaves an amazing legacy'

Stephen Sutton's former headteacher has paid tribute to the teenager, who he described as "the most exceptional person I have ever known".

Stephen developed a deep understanding of what's important in life. We will miss him enormously but he leaves an amazing legacy and we believe that it is fitting for us to focus our attention on celebrating his life. Stephen is the most exceptional person I have ever known.

– STUART JONES, HEADTEACHER AT CHASE TERRACE TECHNOLOGY COLLEGE

Manford: Sutton was 'most inspiring person I've met'

Comedian Jason Manford, who helped to Stephen Sutton with his fundraising for a cancer charity, said the teenager was "the most inspiring person I've ever met".

Jason Manford (top, centre) with cancer patient Stephen Sutton (bottom, centre). Credit: PA

He said: "Stephen Sutton was the most inspiring person I've ever met and touched more lives than he will ever know.

"He was an incredibly positive young man and a credit to his family, to Burntwood and to humanity itself. The reason we took to him so passionately was because he was better than us, he did something that none of us could even imagine doing.

"In his darkest hour he selflessly dedicated his final moments to raising millions of pounds for teenagers with cancer.

"Some of Stephen's words will stay with me and others forever and they are words to live by - 'life isn't measured in time, it's measured in achievements'.

"If that's true, Stephen, then you had a fulfilling life full of special moments and you will live long in the memory of thousands, if not millions, of people."

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Sutton's 'determination to live life to the full inspiring'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has paid tribute to cancer patient Stephen Sutton, who died this morning aged 19.

Yellow ribbons tied around Sutton's former school

Yellow ribbons in support of cancer patient Stephen Sutton, who died this morning aged 19, have been tied on the gates of his former school.

Yellow ribbons have been tied around Burntwood in support of Stephen Sutton. Credit: ITV News Central

Ribbons have been tied around Chase Terrace Technology College and other parts of Staffordshire.

Stephen's former school showed its support. Credit: ITV News Central

Stephen's mother announced his death on his Facebook page, where she said her "heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son".

Cameron: Sutton's spirit and bravery an inspiration

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to Stephen Sutton, who died this morning from cancer.

Stephen Sutton has raised over £3.2m for cancer charity

Stephen Sutton, who died this morning aged 19, has raised over £3.2 million for charity Teenage Cancer Trust.

Stephen Sutton has raised over £3.2 million. Credit: JustGiving

The charity said they were "humbled and hugely grateful for what Stephen achieved and continues to achieve for us".

He had originally set out to raise £1 million for the charity.

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