Purdue graduate and super-fan Tyler Trent has passed away after a long battle with cancer, according to a report.
Trent had an incredibly moving story and became a nationwide fave for bravery and courage after an ESPN College GameDay ran a feature story on his life. He battled a life-threatening disease but continued to maintain a positive outlook and attitude.
Absolutely devastating news.. According to @theTylerTrent brothers Instagram page, Tyler has passed away. I was able to talk with Tyler a few times while at WLFI and he was an amazing person in every single aspect of life. Thank you for all you did for cancer research. Prayers ❤️
— Cameron Hardin (@WeatherManCam_) January 2, 2019
Trent also served as the honorary captain for Purdue football, attending several big games throughout the year. He was in attendance when Purdue upset Ohio State at Ross-Ade Stadium in October. He also traveled to Bloomington to watch the Boilermakers clinch bowl eligibility with a win over Indiana.
He also made the trip to Nashville to watch Purdue play Auburn in the Music City Bowl.
In the last months of his life, Trent promoted cancer research and joined the fight with ESPN through the V Foundation. A bobblehead doll and biography were also sold to help raise money for cancer research.
Trent will always have a place in the hearts of the Purdue community as his story and attitude reached so many.