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One Of The Biggest College Football Fans Tragically Dies At 20 Years Old

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Jena Greene Reporter

One of the biggest sports fans in the history of Purdue University died of bone cancer Tuesday evening.

Tyler Trent, who had been fighting a long battle with osteosarcoma and was considered a good luck charm on the sidelines of countless Purdue football games, passed away, according to one of his family members on Instagram.

The Purdue Cancer Center confirmed the news of his passing.

Trent’s popularity caught on throughout the nation after he predicted his alma mater’s win against Ohio State in October. He’d been interviewed by countless national outlets and even received a phone call of well wishes from fellow Indiana native, Vice President Mike Pence. (RELATED: Woody Harrelson Reveals He ‘Quite Liked’ Mike Pence In College)

And while Trent ultimately lost the battle to his rare form of bone cancer, his legacy lives on forever.

“First and foremost, we offer our condolences to Tyler’s family and friends. While there are no words to ease the hurt at times like this, we hope some comfort can be found in knowing what an inspiration Tyler is to our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans,” a statement from Purdue Athletics reads on Twitter, adding in another tweet, “We will forever be #TylerStrong.”

You can pre-order a copy of Tyler Trent’s book, “The Upset,” here.

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