Deaf News: Deaf quadriplegic Twitter sensation dies from pneumonia

Posted on October 14, 2012

David Rose, the 24 year old profoundly deaf quadriplegic who attracted thousands of Twitter followers on the website Twitter due to his positive view of life, has died from pneumonia.

The news was announced on his Twitter feed by his sister, following his death.

Rose was a wheelchair user with cerebral palsy. Using a computer to detect his eye movements, the 24 year old was able to write at a rate of four words per minute.

His witty and humorous take on life attracted thousands of followers and his story was covered by numerous news outlets across the world in the last week.

In his final blog post, which was also uploaded by his sister after he died, Rose said:

Today I found out I have pneumonia.

It not the nice kind either, where you cough for few days then go home and have ice cream.

It the bad kind where you probably do not go home.

He went on to say:

so i am write this today and ask nichole that if everything be fine in a week then trash this and i will write a funny new post with lot of boob jokes in it. but if i not be around in a week then publish this. so if you read this now it because i am not around anymore so there are people i want to thank and few things want to say.

In the blog, Rose also wondered whether there might be sound in heaven, saying: “but not sure if I want it! Here on earth I been happy to be deaf.”

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