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NYPD Officer Who Famously Twerked at Pride Parade Dies of 9/11-Related Cancer

Remember that viral video of the NYPD officer twerking at the pride parade that took the world by storm? The police officer’s name is Michael Hance, and he passed away Sunday after losing his horrible battle with 9/11 related brain cancer.

The New York Daily News reports:

The 17-year veteran of the NYPD, who worked the bucket brigade in the aftermath of the terror attack on the World Trade Center, died Sunday.

“He always liked to help people,” his brother, Peter Hance, 45, told the Daily News. “He always liked to do good.”

Hance, who worked out of the 111th Precinct stationhouse in Bayside, Queens, was diagnosed with brain cancer in November after he fell in front of his home and complained of feeling dizzy, his brother said. As he fought the disease, the cancer spread to his lungs, liver and chest.

Video of Hance went viral in 2015 after he twerked with parade passerbys at the 2015 New York City Pride Parade. “He really let it go, let loose and had some fun,” Aaron Santis, the other dancer in the video told the Daily News. “I was really appreciative of that and I was really appreciative that he was being such a good sport about it. It shows that the NYPD can have some fun.”

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Hance was 44 years old when he lost his battle with cancer. He leaves behind his two daughters Kaitlyn and Jenna, and his beloved fiancé Melanie.