Zach Sobiech Biography

Zachary David "Zach" Sobiech (May 3, 1995 – May 20, 2013) , from Stillwater, Minnesota, was an American pop singer and member of the pop group A Firm Handshake (with Sammy Brown and Reed Redmond) which gained extensive media attention with the 2013 single "Clouds".

Biography and career

At age 14, Sobiech was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. CBS reported that during his treatment he underwent 10 surgeries and 20 rounds of chemotherapy. In May 2012 his doctors informed him that he had up to a year to live.

In response, Sobiech recorded the song "Clouds" and released it as a YouTube video which then went viral surpassing 3 million views at the time of his death. Other artists subsequently began releasing tribute versions of the video, the most notable of which was released on Rainn Wilson's YouTube channel SoulPancake.

Sobiech died on May 20, 2013 of complications from osteosarcoma at age 18.[where?]

Two days after his death on May 22nd, his song "Clouds" became #1 on iTunes

SoulPancake released a documentary about Sobiech titled "My Last Days".

Sobiech's family established The Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund at Children's Cancer Research Fund.
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