Former Maryland student manager dies of cancer at 20
Zach Lederer, a former student manager for Maryland basketball, died of cancer at 20 on Tuesday. The team took a photo in his honor and shared it Wednesday.
Maryland basketball fans are familiar with student manager Zach Lederer, possibly for his battle with brain cancer or perhaps with the flexing, "Zaching" pose that he helped coin.
Lederer was taken off life support in January and transported home. There he died on Tuesday at the age of 20. According to the Washington Post, a candlelight vigil was held Tuesday night at the Comcast Center for Lederer.
"My heart goes out to the Lederer family," coach Mark Turgeon said in a prepared statement. "Zach was an outstanding young man who was an inspiration to us all. He had a great passion for life and was a true fighter. Zach not only had a powerful impact on our program, but he touched the lives of so many people in our community. He is and always will be a part of our Maryland basketball family and will be greatly missed."
The official Maryland basketball Twitter account shared the following picture early Wednesday. Check out the photo of the Terps "Zaching" along with reactions university president Wallace Loh and several Maryland players.
R.I.P TO ZACH LEDERER WILL NEVER FORGET YU, YU INSPIRED SOO MANY PEOPLE INCLUDING ME !! BEING AROUND YU WAS A BLESSING ! #livingthedream— Seth Allen (@bbll4eva_Allen) March 12, 2014
All my prayers goes out to Zach's Family. He will be missed and never forgotten.— Charles Mitchell (@StuckLikeChuck1) March 12, 2014
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Zach Lederer, whose life inspired the world. We will miss you and remember you.— Wallace D. Loh (@presidentloh) March 12, 2014
rest in paradise zach— Evan Smotrycz (@_es1) March 12, 2014
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