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Marathon bombing survivor Kevin White dies

Despite injuries, he ran last two years

Kevin White, a Bolton resident and survivor of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings has died this week of causes his family attribute to a “sudden illness this past weekend.”

“He will be missed, and the world will miss all of the experiences he had yet to have,” read a statement from White’s brother, Andrew, that was publicized by Marathon Coalition, a running group with which Kevin White ran the 2014 and 2015 Boston Marathons.

A representative of Philbin-Comeau Funeral Home in Clinton said that a funeral Mass will be said Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Bolton.


A man who identified himself as a member of White’s family confirmed the death on the telephone, but said the family had no further comment.

White was knocked unconscious and suffered shrapnel wounds in the first of the two blasts. In a 2013 interview with The Boston Globe, he said he was standing with his parents some 6 to 10 feet away from the first bomb. White’s father, Bill, lost his lower right leg in the blast, and his mother, Mary Jo, suffered a broken arm and foot.

White, who was 35 at the time, said he remembered a loud bang, a bright flash, and a scary moment where “everything went dark.”

“Someone looked at me and said, ‘You’re bleeding all over the place,’ ” White said.

Days after the incident, White said “he was focused on moving forward” and getting back his sense of stability.

Rick Muhr, White’s trainer and the co-founder of the Marathon Coalition, said White had planned to run in the 2016 race. The two had trained as recently as Saturday.

Kay Lazar of Globe Staff contributed to this report. Reach Astead W. Herndon at astead.herndon@globe.com.