Rapper and Duchenne MD Advocate Darius Weems Passes Away

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The muscular dystrophy community is mourning the loss of one of their advocates this week. Rapper and disability rights activist, Darius Weems, lost his battle with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at the age of 27 on Sunday, October 9.

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At 15 years old, Darius embarked on a journey across America with best friend Logan and 10 others, to raise the profile of the disease. The award-winning documentary, Darius Goes West, highlights not only Duchenne MD but also the importance of friendship and support. You can find out more about his story in this ABC News segment.

His website DariusGoesWest.org announced his passing, saying he had suffered from DMD-related cardiopulmonary failure. His funeral will be held tomorrow, October 14, in his hometown of Athens, Georgia.

Dylan Miceli-Nelson, a boy with DuchenneMD, teamed up with Hunger Games stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth to prank Smosh stars Ian Andrew Hecox and Anthony Padilla.

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