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Man at centre of fundraising campaign loses battle with cancer

A man at the centre of a huge online funding campaign to pay for pioneering cancer treatment has died.

Last year a heartfelt appeal from Kevin Carey's wife raised over £200,000 in 72 hours to help pay for ground-breaking immunotherapy on his brain tumour.

His death was announced on Wednesday on the campaign Facebook page set up by wife Natasha.

"There's no easy way to say this.. my beautiful gladiator has been set free," read a post accompanied by pictures of the couple, including on their wedding day.

"Kevin fought the most courage fight to the end, and won, he kept his gorgeous sweet personality and will be forever young.

"There are no words. My everything."

His death came just days after his family revealed the treatment had stopped working and urged people to pray for him.

At the age of 35, Mr Carey was given just three months to live in July last year after surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy failed to halt the growth of the aggressive tumour.

After that bleak prognosis, the engineer and former gaelic footballer from the village of Portglenone, Co Antrim underwent further specialist neurosurgery in London.

The operation removed the bulk of the tumour, but a malignant rump remained and his wife issued the online appeal to help foot the £205,000 bill for a groundbreaking immunotherapy procedure.

Donations flooded in, with the target passed in less than four days.

The family pledged any additional money raised would be donated to brain tumour research.

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