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'Roar' teen's tragic death

Terminally ill girl who inspired Katy Perry with her cover of ‘Roar’ has died.
By Scott Dunlop

Pic: Youtube

Article originally in Parent24
Any parent who has lost a child to terminal illness and any parent who lives with the secret horror of that ever happening to their own kids will relate to this: A terminally ill teen who performed an amazing cover of pop star Katy Perry’s ‘Roar’ has passed away less than two months after the recording, according to The Stir.

Olivia Wise, whose version was so inspiring that it even drove Parry to say thank you in a tribute video, succumbed to an inoperable brain tumour at the age of 16, surrounded by her family.

Perry reacted to Olivia’s video by saying “I love you and a lot of people love you, and that's why your video got to me and moved everybody that saw it ... keep roaring.” She also reportedly Tweeted her response to the passing of the teen, thanking her for being inspirational.

Inspirational kids

When death is close, it can transform even the mundane moments in life, providing a context and poignancy which wouldn’t otherwise be uncovered. When children who should have their lives ahead of them sing of optimism without fear, it’s breathtakingly moving for adults who have learned that life can be cruel.

Maybe you’ve had to deal with the pain of losing a child, or perhaps you know someone who is ill; Olivia’s message may inspire you as it has others: We can be champions and fighters no matter what life throws at us.

Here’s the performance of ‘Roar’ by Olivia Wise that inspired so many, even Katy Perry herself:

Olivia Wise 'Roar', Katy Perry cover via Olivia Wise/Youtube

If you need to read more about grief or the loss of a child, you can try these articles:

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RIP, Olivia, and thank you for the inspiration.

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