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Tributes paid to Kieran Maxwell following his death from cancer

Kieran Maxwell has died of cancer. Photo: ITV Tyne Tees

Tributes have been paid to teenager Keiran Maxwell, who has died seven years after bring diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer.

The 18-year-old from Heighington, near Darlington, had opted out of more treatment for Ewing's Sarcoma after the disease spread to other parts of his body.

His family announced the news of his death on Facebook.

Its with a heavy heart that I write this post.

As you know this page has been very quiet the past couple of weeks. This was due to Kieran not being very well.

Things changed for him a couple of days ago and we had to get a morphine pump fitted. This got Kieran very comfortable and we were planning to take him to the cinema to see the new Transformers film tomorrow.

Unfortunately today Kieran at 5.26am gained his wings. He passed peaceful in his sleep. We are going to be continuing Kieran's wish of providing research into Ewing's Sarcoma through his charity.

I want to thank you all for the support you gave my boy while he was alive."

– Kieran Maxwell's mum Nicola posting on Facebook

Kieran met Prince Harry at the Well Child awards event two years ago.

The teenager set up the Kieran Maxwell Legacy charity to raise money for research into the bone cancer.

Kieran met Prince Harry at an awards event two years ago Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

People and organisations from across the North East have been paying tribute to the achievements of Kieran.

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Kieran was an enthusiastic sportsman and carried the Olympic torch in 2012.

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