Bucket list guy Eric McLean passes away

Bucket list guy Eric McLean passes away

By Courtny Gerrish, Stephanie Graham & WTMJ News Team. CREATED Aug 16, 2012 - UPDATED: Aug 23, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- 28-year-old Eric McLean, "The Bucket List Guy", passed away Thursday evening around 6pm, according to the L.I.F.E. website

McLean has never turned away from a challenge.  "Everyday I wake up is the greatest day of my life," Eric said in a past interview.

TODAY'S TMJ4 first brought you his story in 2009, when Eric was in the middle of completing a bucket list, after fighting leukemia for 6 years. He said, "There's so much more I want to do before I pass on and that's where the whole bucket list came from."

After almost 10 years, doctors told him there was nothing else they could do as the cancer has taken over his brain.  Eric has been posting video blogs on YouTube for years. His latest, 'Eric's Confession Final', posted on August 14, seen below, has nearly one million hits.

In the video Eric says, "My doctor says I won, he says I won. I gotta believe him. There's nothing else I could have done. I fought to the end, I never said no. Every time he wanted to try a new experimental drug, whatever it was."

It's a heart-wrenching goodbye message from a man who never gave up.

"I'm so scared. God is it scary. Man, there's so much I wanna say, so much," Eric laments.

Eric married his longtime love Cari last summer, and the two tried to live a normal life.  "There are almost no words to describe the feelings I have for her," Eric said.

He thanked people for their support during his battle.

"Thank you all, for everything that you've done for me and my family. I've had the greatest support system anybody in the world could ever ask for," Eric says.

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