Inspirational singer and songwriter Zach Sobiech passed away on Monday this week at the tender age of 18. He was best known for his viral hit “Clouds” that he recorded as a way to say goodbye to his friends and family.
18-year-old Sobiech has been battling a rare kind of cancer called osteosarcoma since he was 14-years-old, before finally succumbing to it this past Monday. He recorded and uploaded an original song called “Clouds” onto YouTube in December that was meant to put his loved ones at ease with his passing, and it ended up touching millions of people around the world who were going through their own trials.
Sobiech signed with the Broadcast Music Inc. performing rights organization after “Clouds” started getting more and more popular. His story of courage and bravery caught the attention of Rainn Wilson, who created a short documentary about the teen called “My Last Days: Meet Zach Sobiech.”
The documentary helped viewers learn all about Sobiech, his condition, and what inspired him to create “Clouds” through interviews with his family, close friends and his girlfriend, Amy.
“He’s shown me it’s not all about the grades you get, or how cool you are in high school,” Amy says. “It’s about doing what makes you happy and no matter when you’re going go to, live life to the fullest every day.”
The Sobiech family has started the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund to support research into Zach’s rare form of cancer.