Meechie Walker Death, Obituary – Demetrius “Meechie” Walker, a devoted supporter of the football team at the University of Michigan who had been battling bone cancer for the past two years, passed away on Friday. According to WDIV-TV, Walker excelled in three sports while attending Muskegon High School and was courted by a number of Division I schools, including Kentucky and Michigan State, to play their respective sports. Walker, who stood 6-foot-5 and weighed 260 pounds, was an outstanding performer on the defensive line.
According to MLive, the adolescent started feeling knee pain in November 2020 and was eventually diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely uncommon form of bone cancer. According to WDIV, in order to remove a tumor from Walker’s knee, he needed to have a full knee replacement performed. Walker then had chemotherapy treatments for a period of nine months. However, in September of 2021, doctors informed him that the cancer had returned, and he had to have his left leg amputated.
On Friday morning, students at Muskegon High School tweeted about the passing of Walker.
“It is with a heavy heart and great grief that we announce that Dametrius ‘Meechie’ Walker has passed away following a heroic fight with osteosarcoma,” the team stated. “It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we share that Dametrius ‘Meechie’ Walker has passed away.” “I want to thank everyone for their support. During this difficult time, I ask that you continue to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers and send them positive energy.
Walker, who had always wanted to play football at Michigan, was eventually inducted as an honorary member of the squad.
Meechie had always wanted to play football for the University of Michigan while he was in high school, so the doctors contacted the football team there. Walker was successful in achieving his goal of scoring a touchdown in Michigan Stadium, also known as “The Big House.” According to reports from ESPN, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh learned about Walker’s illness and sent an invitation to the former high school athlete to participate in a practice on August 13, 2022.
At the end of practice, Harbaugh planned a play that allowed Walker to take a handoff. Then, on a wet day, Harbaugh pushed the player’s wheelchair across the goal line to realize a dream that the player had had since childhood. According to Leona Bell, Meechie Walker’s mother, in an interview with ESPN, “Meechie was hurting so severely that day.” “Every single part of his body was in severe pain, but he just grinned as if nothing had ever occurred,” she said. Like he wasn’t even in agony.”
Bell referred to the event as the “miracle of Michigan” and said that his trip to the university was like being given a shot in the arm.
MLive stated that during a game against Maryland on September 24, Walker was honored by the Michigan football team with a signed football and a standing ovation from the fans.
After the Wolverines’ 34-27 victory over the Terrapins, the team paid tribute to Walker by giving him the game ball and naming the victory in his honor.
After a few weeks had passed, Walker returned to the Big House to watch the Michigan band perform once more. This time, the band used its signature “Block M” formation to spell out the word “Meechie,” as reported by MLive.
According to the news outlet, after the Wolverines’ 41-17 victory over the number 10 team in the country, Penn State, Walker was presented with a game ball by Harbaugh.