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'Inspirational' bucket list student Matt Greenwood dies of cancer

Matt Greenwood Image copyright Matt Greenwood
Image caption Matt Greenwood underwent two unsuccessful cycles of chemotherapy and had his leg amputated following the cancer diagnosis

A 21-year-old student with bone cancer whose friends raised more than £56,000 for him to complete his bucket list has died.

Matt Greenwood was given nine months to live after cancer in his hip spread to his lungs.

The principal of St Edmund Hall, in Oxford, where Matt was studying, said he was an "extremely brave man".

The engineering student from Walsall was described as "inspirational" and was commended for his sense of humour.

Last month, Matt's friends launched a campaign to help him complete his bucket list.

Prior to his death, Matt thanked people for their support, saying it had been "unbelievable from all directions, just an outpouring of love and it's really, really been moving."

Image copyright Matt Greenwood
Image caption Matt was vice captain of the St Edmund Hall boat club

The BBC understands Matt did not get chance to tick off the items on his bucket list.

His friend, Alec John Burns, shared a tribute on social media, calling him a "hero" and a "dear friend". He went on to say Matt "fought to the end" before posting a touching quote from poet Emily Dickinson.

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Image caption Alec called his friend a "hero"

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