Rare Illness Leads to Muskegon’s Meechie Walker’s Death
All the details surrounding Meechie Walker’s cause of death were announced shortly after the sad news of his death came out on December 9, 2022. May he rest in peace.
The former Muskegon Big Reds football standout Dametrius died Friday morning after a two-year battle with osteosarcoma, a rare bone cancer.
On Muskegon, the Twitter account from the high school Walker once attended, shared the news of the tragic death on Friday. They tweeted, “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we share that Dametrius ‘Meechie’ Walker has passed away after a courageous fight with osteosarcoma.”
“Thank you for all your support. Please continue to send prayers and positive vibes to his family during this time,” the statement read.
While Walker was a member of the Big Reds football program he developed into a 3-star prospect. The player grew up to become a 6-foot-5 and 260-pound defensive lineman.
Meechie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2020 and unfortunately, he was forced to retire from the sport before his senior season.
Despite his diagnosis, he continued to be a positive influence on the community around him, and he attended Muskegon Big Red football games.
As the disease advanced, Meechie had to have his left leg amputated due to cancer spreading from his femur.
The University of Michigan’s football program took notice of Meechie’s situation after learning that he had been a lifelong Wolverines fan and invited him to attend a practice on August 13, 2022.
He was greeted by the whole team and ended the practice by taking a handoff from legendary coach Jim Harbaugh and scoring an honorary touchdown as the team celebrated around Walker.
After that time, he became an honorary member of the program, as he received a signed jersey from the entire Michigan football team. He also received a standing ovation from the crowd during a September 24 game against Maryland.
The team dedicated the win over the Terrapins to Walker. The Wolverines continued to support the Muskegon-area teenager a few weeks later, as the University of Michigan marching band disclosed a new formation during its halftime show, which was sponsored by Janelle and Bill Sykes.
The members of the group spelled out “Meechie” across the usual Block M logo formation as a way to show their support for Walker, who was in attendance.
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Meechie Walker’s Cause of Death Revealed
A rare type of bone cancer was related to Meechie Walker’s cause of death. He was a former football recruit who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in 2020.
The University of Michigan football program released a touching statement on Twitter after Meechie Walker’s death, writing, “Our friend. Our brother. Our teammate. We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of Dametrius Walker,”
“Meechie was an inspiration to every member of our program and the Michigan family as a whole. He will be missed by so many.”
Shortly after the sad news was shared, many Twitter users send their condolence messages to the heartbroken family and paid a touching tribute to Meechie Walker.
Rex Chapman wrote: “Before being diagnosed with bone cancer in 2020, Dametrius “Meechie” Walker was a highly recruited DE who had the attention of his dream team: Michigan. Please take a measly six minutes. Maybe pass it on if you feel it…”
“RIP Meechie Walker. The FOX piece this fall on him and his connection to Michigan had me literally sobbing. Such a tragic story, but I’m thrilled Meechie got the chance to live out his dream before his life was snatched away from him far too soon. Prayers up to the Walker family,” Scott Bell tweeted.
“Such sad news: Dametrius “Meechie” Walker has died, Muskegon’s football program announced. What an amazing impact he made on so many as he battled cancer. Praying for his family and friends,” Brad Galli wrote.
One social media user tweeted: “Man I am as big a Buckeye fan there is out there, but seeing the news of the passing of Meechie Walker broke my heart. Some things are just bigger than a silly game. Mad respect to Harbaugh an UM for taking that kid in as one of their own! RIP Meechie.”
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