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Terminally Ill Star Trek Fan For Whom J.J. Abrams Screened New Movie Has Passed Away

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A bittersweet, yet profoundly powerful testament to what a small act of kindness can mean to so many.

Only a few short days after terminally ill Star Trek fan Dan Craft's story went viral and prompted director J.J. Abrams to treat he and his wife to a special rough-cut screening of the sequel Star Trek Into Darkness months before its official premiere, the New York Asian Film Festival organizer has passed away.

According to a message on the Festival's Facebook page:

Last night around 10:15pm, Dan Craft, who has been a member of Subway Cinema since 2004, passed away. His wife and brother were with him when he went, and he wasn’t in any pain. He’d been a bit loopy for a few days as his liver failed and toxins built up in his blood, and on Thursday his wife asked him if he needed to go to the bathroom. “I’m going…” he proclaimed, “Into the future.”

See you there, Dan.

Dan Craft: 1971 – 2013

We miss you.

We can't even begin to tell you how choked up - and inspired - this man's bravery and strength in the face of his own death makes us.

We just hope that his wife, friends, and all his loved one can find comfort and peace knowing that he left this world right after having been given such an incredible act of generosity and compassion that clearly meant so much to him in last days.

May your future be filled with the wonder that J.J.'s film - and the entire franchise - inspired in you, Dan.

And check out a full account of his Star Trek Into Darkness viewing experience, as recounted by his friend on RedditAFTER THE JUMP!!!

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