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Sam Berns dies at 17; subject of film about genetic condition progeria
Sam Berns dies at 17; subject of film about genetic condition progeria

Sam Berns, a spunky teenager who was proud to call himself a "band geek" and was at the heart of a 2013 documentary about a genetic condition that accelerates aging, has died. He was 17. Berns, a Massachusetts high school junior and Eagle Scout who was bald, bespectacled and weighed only 50 pounds, died Friday from complications of progeria, the Progeria Research Foundation announced. An avid fan of Boston sports teams, Berns also was passionate about playing the snare drum and marching in full uniform with Foxborough High School's marching band. "The music that we make together is true, it's genuine, and it supersedes progeria," he told an audience at a TED Talkabout his condition...

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