Alice Pyne, the teenager who touched the hearts of the nation after drawing up a 'bucket list' of things to do before she died, has lost her battle with cancer.
Brave Alice was just 11 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Inspired by the 2008 Jack Nicholson movie The Bucket List, she started her blog and wrote down all the things she wanted to do in her lifetime. She realised many of her ambitions, including meeting Take That, swimming with sharks, and whale watching in Canada.
Her blog header read:
I'm 17 and I have terminal cancer. I've created a bucket list because there are so many things I still want to do in my life ... some are possible, some will remain a dream. My blog is to document this precious time with my family and friends, doing the things I want to do. You only have one life ... live it!
Just two weeks ago on New Year's Day, Alice wrote enthusiastically about her plans for 2013, and assured her readers she was going to try 'really hard not to pop off in the next few weeks'.
Yesterday, her devastated family, dad Simon 50, and mum Vicky, 44, and 14-year-old sister Milly posted a message revealing that Alice had passed away in an entry which read 'Our darling girl, Alice, gained her angel wings today. #NightNightAlice'.
Many celebrities and well wishers took to Twitter to post tributes to Alice, with comedian David Walliams writing 'I will never forget meeting @Alice_Pyne. x. What a beautiful courageous girl' while TV presenter Davina McCall tweeted 'RIP beautiful @Alice_Pyne. Thank you for making the world a better place. Look for @madfroggy. She'll look after you', in reference to her own sister, Caroline Baday who died aged 50 in August.
Last year, Alice and Milly were awarded the British Empire Medal for raising more than £100,000 to improve the lives of other sick children.
Such an inspirational young woman.