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Lawrence teen who Bill Self befriended dies from brain cancer

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Posted at 8:52 PM, Jun 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-16 20:09:09-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A Lawrence teen who Bill Self befriended has died from brain cancer.

Nicholas Parscale, 14, died Tuesday morning, his parents told 41 Action News.

He had been in hospice, where Self, the University of Kansas Jayhawks head basketball coach, continued to visit him after being a guest on Parscale’s podcast.

"His legacy and his impact he is going to have moving forward will last years – I am sure decades,” Self previously told 41 Action News.

In a statement provided to 41 Action News Wednesday, Self said Parscale outlived his prognosis.

"He fought to the very end and was inspirational to so many with his courage and his grit," Self said. "The fight he displayed is going to have an impact on many moving forward and his legacy will last for years. I know he will be missed by all, especially his family.”

Parscale also wrote a book, “What I Wish I Knew Before Cancer,” and Self purchased the first 100 copies when it debuted in December.