Back in May we learned that a young man named Eric De La Cruz was in dire need of funds to pay for a much needed heart transplant after Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails made a plea to his fans on Eric‘s behalf. Reznor made himself and his entire band available to fans who generously donated significant sums of money to help fund Eric‘s transplant. Shortly after Reznor‘s plea went out to his fans, we learned that over half a million dollars had been raised on Eric‘s behalf and eventually the entire sum required to pay for his heart transplant was raised (in the neighborhood of $800,000). But … it is with a very heavy heart I must pass along the sad news that Eric did not win his battle with his ailment. According to Eric‘s sister Veronica, he passed away on Saturday July 4th:
It is with the heaviest heart that I write this, my beautiful and beloved little brother Eric De La Cruz has passed away. He died yesterday, July 4, 2009, sometime between 2:20 pm and 2:35 pm. Both my mother and I have been so overcome with grief and sadness, we couldn’t bear to put the message out, so until now we shared it with only Eric’s closest friends and relatives.
You can read the rest of Veronica‘s heartfelt letter HERE. It is so terribly tragic that Eric would lose his battle after putting up such a brave fight. So many people rallied together to help him … I’m sure he knew how much he was loved. Altho I don’t know Eric De La Cruz or his family, I have been deeply touched by his story. My thoughts, prayers and sincerest condolences goes out to the entire De La Cruz family.