Clouds - Zach Sobiech
Zach Sobiech, whose goodbye song ‘Clouds’ touched millions, dies
Zach Sobiech, a terminally ill Minnesota teenager who touched millions of people with a farewell song he wrote to his family and friends, died Monday morning.
When he was told that a rare form of bone cancer had left him with only a few months to live, the Stillwater High School senior wrote a song titled “Clouds” in which he said good-by to the people around him. “Maybe someday I’ll see you again,” he sang. “We’ll fly up in the clouds and we’ll never see the end.”
Originally recorded on Sobiech’s cell phone, the song caught the attention of professionals who helped him record a studio version. It became a sensation, garnering more than 2.9 million YouTube users and making Sobiech an international media celebrity, with stories about him appearing everywhere from Billboard magazine to the United Arab Emirates Press.
Sobiech, who turned 18 on May 3, was found to have osteosarcoma in 2009, when he was hobbled by pain in his left hip. He underwent multiple surgeries and months of chemotherapy before being told that the cancer had spread to the point that the best that doctors could hope for was to slow the disease’s progression.
His death was announced on his Caring Bridge web page in a simple statement saying, “He was surrounded by his sisters, brother, parents and girlfriend. We love him dearly.”Played 7467 times.