Rasheem King, the Bowie State basketball player who was battling stage 3 cancer, died Wednesday, according to the school.

King, 24, was diagnosed with sarcoma, a type of cancer that develops from certain tissues, like bone or muscle.

Prior to his death, Bowie State helped raise more than $8,000 to assist with daily expenses and other needs after learning that King struggled to care for himself while undergoing rounds of chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

King, who played basketball at Bowie State before becoming sick, had vowed to return to the team once healthy.

“He says, ‘Coach, when I beat this cancer, I’m going to come back and I’m going to play for you,’” head coach Darrell Brooks said. “He says, ‘Even though you are softer now than when I played,’ he said I’m going to come back and play for you. I got to get some of your toughness back.”

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