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Life According To Sam Teenager With Rare Aging Disorder Dies At Age 17

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sam berns teenager with rare aging disease dies at 17

17-year-old Sam Berns passed away this weekend after his highly publicized lifelong battle with a rare aging disease.

The New England native had a genetic disorder known as Progeria, which comes from a Greek word which roughly translates to "prematurely old." Those diagnosed with the disease usually show symptoms such as joint pain, heart disease, hair loss, aged skin, and stunted growth.

Sam's battle with Progeria was the subject of the HBO documentary Life According To Sam, which helped him gain the support of his community as well as local teams like the Boston Bruins and the New England Patriots.

According to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Sam was scheduled to be the team's honorary captain for their matchup against the Indianapolis Colts, however, they instead had a moment of silence in his honor.

To say Sam lost his battle to the disease would be a huge disservice because he was able to accomplish so much and touch so many lives in just 17 years. Rest in peace, Sam.

[Image via HBO.]

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4 comments to “Life According To Sam Teenager With Rare Aging Disorder Dies At Age 17”

  1. Loren says – reply to this


    I saw him and his parents on Katie recently and instead of crying I found a huge smile on my face…..what an amazing young man who inspired so many. Makes me want to think so positively about life! Heaven truly received an angel last Friday.

  2. 2

    God Bless Sam and his family. He was so inspiring, and truly an angel. I am so sad for his family's loss, and I believe he is in a better place now.

  3. 3

    God bless him and glad he was able to pack a lot in during his short time om Earth.
    Sincere best wishes to his family and friends,

  4. 4

    God bless him. RIP.