Londoner who shared final months on Twitter dies of cancer

A Londoner known for uninhibitedly recounting his journey of life with cancer on social media has died. 

Mike Sloan, 50, died Monday afternoon with the help of medical assistance

Mike Sloan has been frank about his experience with Stage 4 cancer on Twitter, sharing funny, challenging and sometimes dark reflections on dying. (@mikelondoncan/Twitter)

A Londoner known for uninhibitedly recounting his final months of life on social media has died. 

On Monday, a friend posted from Mike Sloan's Twitter account notifying people that Sloan passed away in the afternoon through medical assistance. 

"He thanks you all for your support on this journey," the tweet read.

"His last words were, 'Tell Chub I love him.'"

Chub is Sloan's cat, a companion that brought out some of the 50-year-old's funniest and tenderest moments on Twitter. 

During an interview on CBC's Day 6, Sloan mentioned Chub would be moving in with his next door neighbour upon Sloan's death.

And just like where his cat would go, since his diagnosis of Stage 4 anaplastic thyroid cancer last year, Sloan has been planning everything out and been sharing it all on Twitter. 

"I very much feel like there's thousands of people along on this," Sloan told Day 6

At the time of his diagnosis last February, Sloan said he wasn't going to go through treatment as it offered very little hope in slowing down his cancer. 

Instead, he spent the next 11 months trying to live his life, knowing, and very bluntly tweeting, that he did not have much time left. 

Sloan's candid, poignant, funny and sometimes peculiar tweets about his last months on the earth garnered him more than 13,000 followers on the platform. 

Sloan was an advocate for issues relating to poverty and homelessness. He launched a fundraiser for a youth shelter in the city that has raised more than $28,000.

Since Mike Sloan was diagnosed with terminal cancer in February, he's shared his health updates very openly on Twitter. And his followers have tripled. Mike talks about why he's been public and how it's helped.

With files from the CBC's Brent Bambury