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14/05/2014 13:55 BST | Updated 14/05/2014 14:59 BST

Stephen Sutton Dead: Tributes Pour In To Inspirational Cancer Teen Who Has Died At 19

Tributes are pouring in for Stephen Sutton, the teenager who raised millions for charity, after he lost his long battle with bowel cancer.

David Cameron, who called Sutton "inspirational" after posing for a thumbs up photo with him earlier this month, and Ed Miliband were among those praising the teen's efforts which saw him raise more than £3million in the final weeks of his life.

When Sutton's death was announced on his Facebook page, it received 61,000 shares in 30 minutes.

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Nearly 400,000 people had liked the post, in which his mother Jane's said "his spirit will live on".

One person commented: "If anyone ever deserved a state funeral... It's Stephen."

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Another wrote: "He is a credit to you and I am only too sure that he is as proud as you as parents as you are of him.

"Well done for teaching him to be strong and to fight for what he believes in and help others who are suffering and battling to fight cancer.

"Also for being supportive parents for his cause and giving him strength."

People tied yellow ribbons at the gates of Sutton's old school.

The teen's fundraising efforts attracted the support of many celebrities.

Comedian Ricky Gervais said he was a "true hero and inspiration to us all".

Broadcaster Phillip Schofield said: "My thoughts are with the family and friends of the remarkable Stephen Sutton. Would that we could all create such a legacy with such dignity."

Olympic gold medallist Ben Ainslie tweeted: "I was fortunate to hear #StephenSutton speak about his story. What an incredibly brave, determined and inspiring person he was #RIP."

Siobhan Dunn, chief executive of Teenage Cancer Trust which Sutton raised his money for,said: "“Stephen was an exceptional young man and ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust. He will be remembered for his incredible positivity by all who met or connected with him.

"Stephen didn’t measure life in time, preferring instead to measure it by the difference someone makes. Stephen has made an enormous difference to Teenage Cancer Trust and the seven young people diagnosed with cancer every day who need our help.”

Deborah Alsina, from the charity Bowel Cancer UK, said "The passing of Stephen Sutton is an absolute tragedy when bowel cancer is curable, but early diagnosis is key.

"Stephen’s story struck a chord with the nation, putting teenage cancer and bowel cancer specifically firmly in the public eye.

"He has undoubtedly created greater awareness in the public and the clinical community that bowel cancer can affect younger people too and for this we owe him such gratitude.”

“In his memory and in memory of so many other young bowel cancer patients whose lives are needlessly lost, we will continue to tirelessly campaign for bowel cancer to be ruled out first not last within the diagnostic process.

"We will also continue to raise awareness that whilst younger people’s risk is thankfully low, you are in fact, Never too Young to develop bowel cancer. Our thoughts are with Stephen’s family and friends and we send them our very best wishes.”