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A lifelong fan of Liverpool FC has tragically died following a decade-long battle with cancer.
Dad 39-year-old Mark Anthony Quinn from Cwmavon, Wales, had been diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma of the nasopharynx, head and neck but got the all-clear in 2012.
Despite successful treatment, the cancer later returned. The former soldier and McDonald's worker then decided to fundraise to improve the lives of others living with cancer, the Liverpool Echo reports.
He wanted to raise money for the Velindre Cancer Centre, which he said gave him the gift of his son, as a thank you for all their help.
Mark's family posted on Twitter: "It is with great sadness that we have to tell you that Mark passed away peacefully at home this morning.
"He was in our family home as per his wishes with Mam, Kelly and us three sisters.
"He has fought hard in this battle, he is the strongest, bravest, kindest man that we as a family will love for eternity.
"For every ounce of his being was kindness and fairness.
"He was aware of everyone's kind wishes and appreciated every single one of them.
"Words that mean so much to him… "we are all just humans".
Mark joined the army in 1999 with the Royal Signals. He was deployed in Germany, Oman, and Kuwait, before serving during the Iraq War.
When he quit in 2004 Mark went on to work in the construction industry before taking on a manager’s job at a McDonald’s. He eventually stopped working due to his illness.
An avid football fan, Mark started his #1MOREMATCH fundraiser, a game of Liverpool FC fans against "the rest of the world".
He posted a heart-breaking tweet from his bed in Ty Olwen Hospice in Morriston, Swansea, to thank his family and friends for their love and support throughout his life.
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It read: "So Twitter it's 2 an end for me, In @TyOlwenHospice looking after me so kind, had a gr8 life @LFC fanatic, gr8 family friends, met some heroes, tried my best 2 help others, army & McDonald’s careers many more, just want the [world] 2 stop hatred discrimination etc we all just humans."
His tweet was accompanied by a selfie of him giving a thumbs-up, continuing to spread positivity, with former Liverpool players Robbie Fowler and Jamie Carragher posting supportive messages.
Since the news of Mark's death, thousands of people have paid tribute to the dad-of-three.
Robbie Fowler said: "Rip Mark…. thoughts with family/friends and everyone that knew this amazing man."
Mark's loved ones have set up a JustGiving page to help support his family after his death.
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