16-year-old 'Roar' cover singer, cancer fighter Olivia Wise passes away

November 27, 2013|By Courtney Jacquin @courtneyjacquin | RedEye

The 16-year-old cancer fighter who captured the Internet with her cover of "Roar" passed away Monday.

Olivia Wise of Toronto made the cover in a recording studio in the midst of her battle with brain cancer in September when she "couldn't walk or stand, she didn't have her full breath or the energy she used to," according to the description on the YouTube video.

Since its posting, the video went viral with more than 1 million views, capturing the attention of Katy Perry, herself. Perry recorded a video response to Wild wishing her the best and tweeted, "Olivia Wise, I can hear you singing with the angels now. Your spirit & strength has inspired me & so many others... May you rest in peace."

Wise battled brain cancer for two years. As her condition deteriorated, she was given the change to record a song in the studio and chose "Roar," according to the Toronto Sun.

Wise's cover of "Roar" was made available for purchase on iTunes store with proceeds funding brain tumor research via the Liv Wise Fund. As of Wednesday, Wise's fund had reached $141,878, which is 95 percent of the $150,000 goal.

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