Londoner who shared final months on Twitter dies of cancer
Mike Sloan, 50, died Monday afternoon with the help of medical assistance
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.'"
Mike Sloan passed peacefully at 1:25pm EST via MAID. He asked me (<a href="https://twitter.com/bobsmith55?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@bobsmith55</a>) to let you know. I was with him at the end, holding his hand. He thanks you all for your support on this journey. His last words were, “Tell Chub I love him.”—@mikelondoncan
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.
If you people think you have problems, well, I'm obligated to die in 2019. <a href="https://t.co/KOEZSgn8ui">pic.twitter.com/KOEZSgn8ui</a>—@mikelondoncan
"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.
I've never died before,so I don't know what it feels like, but if agonizing pain, difficulty breathing, a fever and inability to sleep are symptoms, I'm getting there.—@mikelondoncan
You know, regardless of my worsening condition, I still have a fun, humourous and enjoyable life. That’s what makes pulling the plug so agonizing. /1—@mikelondoncan
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.
With files from the CBC's Brent Bambury