FOXBORO (CBS) – A Foxboro teenager, whose battle with a rare disease gained national attention and was the basis of a documentary, has passed away.
Sam Berns died Friday night, according a statement on behalf of his family.
Berns suffered from Progeria, a rapid aging disease.
“Sam, age 17, was diagnosed at 22 months of age with Progeria, an extremely rare disease from which children age rapidly,” the statement from the Progeria Research Foundation said. “His parents, both physicians, and aunt established The Progeria Research Foundation in 1999 to find the cause, treatment and cure. Children with Progeria live an average of 13 years.”
Berns was the subject of the HBO documentary Life According to Sam.
Berns was a huge Boston sports fan, and made friends with a number of professional athletes.
The Boston Bruins were among his supporters, raising thousands of dollars for Progeria research.
Patriots owner Robert Kraft…
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