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After Inspiring Millions with Cover of Katy Perry's 'Roar', Toronto Teen Olivia Wise Dies at 16

The young Jewish girl passed away Monday after a year-long battle with brain cancer, during which she dedicated her energies to raising money for cancer research

By: Zak Edwards
Published: November 26th, 2013 in News » World
Olivia Wise

Olivia Wise, the girl whose rendition of Katy Perry's "Roar" inspired millions, passed away Monday afternoon.

Wise was suffering from terminal cancer and dedicated the remainder to her life to raising money for cancer research, even after her own prognosis became terminal

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Two months ago, after she was too weak to stand, Wise recorded a version of “Roar” that now has over one million views on Youtube. As a gift, Wise’s cousin arranged for L.A. music producer Jon Levine to record her singing “Roar” at Toronto’s Orange Lounge Studio.

At the time, Wise was confined to a wheelchair, but the subsequent Youtube video of her in the studio became an internet sensation.

Katy Perry herself even responded to the video, sending Wise “some love and some light” in a brief Youtube clip. Today, Youtube users sent hundreds of comments, offering their condolences to Wise’s family and friends.

The Times of Israel spoke to Wise's cousin Jeff Kassel Tuesday, who said Olivia Wise “passed away at home on Monday afternoon, surrounded by family, including her mother Kari, father Michael, older sister Kaily, younger sister Sabrina and younger brother Jason.”

MP Mike Harris gave a special address to Wise earlier this month, saying his “wish for Olivia is that her legacy inspires others to keep fighting.” For those interested in contributing to such a legacy, please support Sick Kids, a Canadian charity dedicated to medical research and aid for children suffering.

Katy Perry also sent her condolences, tweeting "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.”

Shalom Life also wishes to extend our deepest sympathies to Olivia’s family and friends.

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