By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Travis Roy has passed away. The Boston Terriers hockey player – who was paralyzed following an injury in 1995 – has died at 45.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet.
Following his injury, he became an advocate for spinal cord injury treatment. According to WCVB, Ray passed away following complications due to an operation.
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The procedure was needed, the report said, to ‘maintain his quality of life.’
“It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of Travis Roy,” Boston University said in a statement. “His story is the epitome of inspiration and courage, and he was a role model and a hero to so many people. Travis’ work and dedication towards helping fellow spinal cord-injury survivors is nothing short of amazing. His legacy will last forever, not just within the Boston University community, but with the countless lives he has impacted across the country.
“Our sincere thoughts are with his wonderful family as well as his vast support group of friends and colleagues.”
WCVB recently reported that Roy was diagnosed with cancer in his bladder. He had underwent treatment for the cancer before his death.
Roy was injured when he went head-first into the boards. This left his paralyzed.
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Since launching the Travis Roy Foundation in 1997, it has raised more than $9 million. Half of the money went to research, the report said, while the other half went to providing equipment to individuals with spinal cord injuries.
“Travis Roy was the ultimate symbol of determination and courage,” Boston Bruins President Cam Neely said. “The impact that Travis had on the New England hockey community is immeasurable, and his relentless advocacy for spinal cord research was inspiring.”
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