An inspirational father of three has passed away following a long battle with cancer.
Mark Anthony Quinn, 39, went viral on social media in August for spreading his positive message one last time from his hospice bed in Morriston, Swansea.
His family have now announced from the same social media page that he passed away peacefully at home today.
They wrote: “It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Mark passed away peacefully at home this morning.
“He was in our family home as per his wishes with Mam, Kelly, and us three sisters. He has fought hard in this battle, he is the strongest, bravest, kindest man that we as a family will love for eternity. For every ounce of his being was kindness and fairness.
“He was aware of everyone’s kind wishes and appreciated every single one of them.
“Words that mean so much to him… ‘we are all just humans’.”
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Mark described himself as a Liverpool FC fanatic
Thousands from around the world have sent their support and condolences to Mark and his family since August, and more have continued to do so following the announcing of his passing.
Former Liverpool FC player Robbie Fowler was among those to pay his respects. He tweeted: “Rip Mark…. thoughts with family/friends and everyone that knew this amazing man
Richard Gomez, one of Mark’s army friends, shared his tribute on Mark’s Just Giving page.
He said: “Can’t believe you have left us Quinny, I can’t believe your gone.
“My words are very selfish, Cos I just wanted you to keep going on. You fought like a Soldier, You battled through pain. You didn’t leave us behind Butty, Because we will see you again.
“A football fanatic, Got Liverpool FC in your veins. I will keep checking the scores mate, I will give you updates on the games. Hot dogs for supper, Then we will gather some sheep. Only joking brother, Dream happy in your sleep.”
Mark, from Cwmavon was first diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx, head and neck. He explained in a 2017 interview that he came very close to passing away but, after a successful round of radiochemotherapy, he pulled through and eventually got the all-clear in 2012.
Mark Quinn, pictured in 2017 organising his charity #1MOREMATCH game
(Image: Robert Melen)
However, his cancer later returned and Mark turned his focus to fundraising to improve the lives of others living with cancer.
One of his most popular fundraisers was his #1MOREMATCH event. In the true spirit of his love for Liverpool Football Club, the event was a game of Liverpool FC fans against “the rest of the world”.
Following his admission to Ty Olwen Hospice, Mark tweeted out some final words which gained traction worldwide.
His tweet said: “So Twitter its 2 an end for me, In @TyOlwenHospice looking after me so kind, had a gr8 life @LFC fanatic, gr8 family friends, met some heros, tried my best 2 help others, army & McDonald’s careers many more, just want the [world] 2 stop hatred discrimination etc we all just humans.”
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