02 Jan '12, 6am

Australian cancer blogger famed for viral video dies

SYDNEY (AFP) - An Australian cancer patient who shot to global attention after a tribute video for his wife went viral on the Internet died on Monday in hospital, his family said. Kristian Anderson, 36, and his young family wound up on television after US talk show queen Oprah Winfrey learned of his Internet video to wife Rachel, to thank her for supporting him after his shock 2009 cancer diagnosis. Hollywood star Hugh Jackman appeared in the film, Rachel's Birthday Video, after Anderson contacted him via an Australian radio host. It was originally posted for the benefit of family members living overseas but soon attracted a global audience of millions, making news headlines worldwide. Winfrey was so touched by Anderson's story she invited the family onto her show during a special shoot in Australia at the end of 2010, and gave them US$250,000 (S$324,250) to take a holiday...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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