Former Maryland basketball manager Zach Lederer has passed away after a long battle with cancer, the program confirmed late Tuesday evening. He was 20 years old.
The story of Lederer's fight against the disease spread quickly across the Internet and quickly brought the Maryland community behind him after he was photographed flexing his muscles from his hospital bed after undergoing brain surgery. The pose was termed "Zaching" and was replicated by teammates and celebrities as a show of solidarity for Lederer.
In January, Lederer was taken off of life support. In the wake of the news, head coach Mark Turgeon and a handful of his players shared their memories of Lederer's time as a manager at Maryland. Turgeon recalled something a colleague sent to him in an email.
“He’s only 20 years old and he’s touched more people than some people that live to be 80," he recalled. "That just really kind of just tells you … how special Zach is.”
Maryland's current managers have painted a mural on the wall of an equipment room in Comcast Center to commemorate the impact he has made on the program. Watch a video of its creation here.
Maryland's official athletics Twitter account announced that a candlelight vigil would be held Tuesday night in his honor. Among the Maryland players (pictured below) who attended the vigil were Seth Allen, Charles Mitchell, Evan Smotrycz, Damonte Dodd, and Jake Layman. Numerous others shared their condolences on social media.
Lost my uncle and now hearing Zach died your never know when your time is coming cherish every moment of life it can be gone in a instant— Damonte Dodd (@MarylandBound42) March 12, 2014
RIP @ZLeds— Varun Ram (@VRam_11) March 12, 2014
rest in paradise zach— Evan Smotrycz (@_es1) March 12, 2014
R.I.P TO ZACH LEDERER WILL NEVER FORGET YU, YU INSPIRED SOO MANY PEOPLE INCLUDING ME !! BEING AROUND YU WAS A BLESSING ! #livingthedream— Seth Allen (@bbll4eva_Allen) March 12, 2014