Ryan Smith died this morning. The former Lampeter-Strasburg basketball star left a Philadelphia hospital last week and came back to Lancaster County to be able to spend his final days at home.
There was an outpouring of support for Smith in his final days, including from East Stroudsburg, the school Smith starred at as a freshman before he got sick.
And from Charles Barkley, who visited Smith in the hospital when he was being treated.
Here's a look at some of good wishes that were passed along to Smith as well as reaction to his death.
May you all be so lucky to be touched by someone as tough, inspirational and RelentlesS as Ryan Smith. Amazing combination of determination and grace. RIP Superman - your legacy will live on. Love you, man! pic.twitter.com/27vlnhqwsa— Shawn Thornton (@ststbg) March 22, 2021
Ryan Smith’s battle came to an end this morning but his impact and legacy will last within everyone that had the privilege to know him.He made a tremendous impact on so many people with his relentless attitude, work ethic, humility and will. I Love You RyanRelentlesS❤️ pic.twitter.com/vJIfC8UEUQ— Jeff Wilson (@ESUCoachWilson) March 22, 2021
He touched a community and far beyond. He was a warrior and has, and always will be, such an inspiration. Rest In Peace, Ryan. #RelentlesSLampeter-Strasburg grad, basketball player Ryan Smith dies after battle with leukemiahttps://t.co/jYj5SSc9u0— Senator Scott Martin (@ScottFMartin) March 22, 2021
Ryan could impact your life whether you knew him for 5 years or 5 minutes. His smile would make even the darkest times bright and his work ethic and determination was unmatched. I was blessed to get to know Ryan as his professor and as his strength coach. He made everyone around— ESU WARRIORS S&C (@WarriorExercise) March 20, 2021
ESU Holds a Celebration of Love for Ryan Smith The true definition of a Warrior, @ESUMBB's Ryan Smith continues his battle with acute myeloid leukemia.Full broadcast and photo gallery ⬇️#WhereWarriorsBelonghttps://t.co/lI70QqY3dI— ESU Warriors (@ESUWarriors) March 22, 2021
They say "a picture is worth a thousand words" ... Well, here are 72 that stood out to me after looking back through ESU galleries from the 2018-19 season. Hopefully, these show just how much of a Warrior @rynsmth_ is and what putting on that No. 5 jersey means. #WarrioRStrong pic.twitter.com/8h2Orv70Fv— Doug Page (@DougPage90) March 19, 2021
Warrior Strong 🧡 pic.twitter.com/rsF2qaCorE— ESU Lacrosse (@esulacrosse) March 19, 2021