Brave Marc Owens is "with the angels" after he loses fight with rare cancer
Dubliner Marc Owens has lost his brave battle with one of the world's rarest forms of cancer.
Marc (20) was diagnosed with a rare cancer called Stage IV soft tissue sarcoma as a teenager in September 2010 while studying at Belvedere College.
There are less than 200 known cases of this form of cancer worldwide.
Since the diagnosis, Marc's family and friends have been raising money for the 'Marc Owens Medical Fund' and the campaign's Facebook page broke the heartbreaking news this morning.
The message from the Owens family read: "Our beautiful boy, Marc, is with the Angels. At 4:37 this morning he found a way to let go surrounded by those who loved him most. We are broken hearted. Please remember him in your prayers.
"Thank you for your love and support on our journey with Marc; Brian, Edel, Aoife, Neil and Aisling."
The fundraising campaign had raised an astonishing €715,000 to help Marc in his brave fight.
Sales of the UDM wristband were used to fund Marc's treatment which stood for "U Da Man".
Ireland rugby international Cian Healy has been a patron of the Marc Owens Medical Fund and tweeted this morning: "#UDM Marc Owens. Fought a strong brave fight."
Healy wore the blue UDM wristband during the Lions Tour last year.
Ger Brennan also wore the band during St Vincent's run to victory in the All-Ireland club championship this year.