YouTube star Kristian Anderson loses battle
Sydney man Kristian Anderson, made famous by a YouTube tribute to his Kiwi wife after he was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer, has died.
His wife Rachel confirmed Anderson died at Manly Hospital just after 8am today.
"My darling husband went to meet Jesus this morning. It was peaceful and beautiful. Funeral details to come soon," she tweeted on his account.
The 36-year-old from Curl Curl had been having chemotherapy since he was diagnosed with cancer in October 2009.
His touching YouTube clip was made as a birthday present for his wife and as a thank you for her support.
It featured an introduction by New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, because Rachel is a Kiwi.
Movie star Hugh Jackman also appeared in the video after Anderson asked Triple M presenter Gus Worland for assistance.
The clip had Anderson holding up placards with words of love and support for his wife against the song Marry Me, by Train.
The clip has been viewed more than 300,000 times and even US talkshow queen Oprah Winfrey became a fan.
Winfrey gave the couple AUD$250,000 (NZ $330,000) for medical expenses when she hosted an episode of her show at the Sydney Opera House in January last year.
In his last interview, Anderson told The Daily Telegraph of his love for his wife and their sons Cody, 5, and Jakob, 3.
"I'm not afraid of dying but I am afraid of leaving them behind," he said in early December.
In his last entry on his blog How the light gets in, posted by his wife after his death, Anderson reflected on his battle with cancer.
"The truth being we're all broken, we're all cracked and what so many people see as a fault or a malfunction really is something to be considered useful," he wrote.
"I'm not sure how much longer I have left but it appears that the physical and medical signs are all pointing to my end.
"Thank you for journeying with me this far. I pray you find the same peace I have."
Bowel Cancer Australia spokesman associate professor Graham Newstead said Anderson's battle with bowel cancer touched tens of thousands of people.
"Like many people who in some way shared this young man's journey, those involved with Bowel Cancer Australia are saddened by the death of Kristian Anderson," Professor Newstead said in a statement.
"We are, however, also very grateful to him for his brave and valuable work in raising awareness about bowel cancer."