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    Teen cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton dies

    Stephen Sutton
    Associated Press
    Stephen Sutton.

    LONDON — Comedian Ricky Gervais and singer are among those paying tribute to a teenager from central England who inspired a nation to give 3 million pounds ($5 million) to support cancer research.

    In a posting on his Facebook page, Stephen Sutton’s mother said he died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday.

    Using social media, the 19-year-old with incurable bowel cancer shared a list of the 46 things he wished to do before he died. Urging followers to support the Teenage Cancer Trust as they followed along, he went sky-diving, played drums before a crowd and hugged an elephant.


    The page evolved, with Sutton’s goal ultimately being simply to help others.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron, who had visited him in the hospital, praised his ‘‘incredible’’ efforts.

    A look at tributes on Twitter: