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Mar 9, 2016 4:52 PM

D-Strong - boy who wished to be famous - has died; was to be honorary Manchester Chief of Police

MANCHESTER - A police badge, ID card and name plate made specially for an 8-year-old fighting cancer will not be worn by the boy who wanted to be famous.

Police said Wednesday that Dorian Murray, of Westerly, R.I., has died.

His goal - to be famous - inspired Manchester police to make him Chief of Police for a day and welcome him into their brotherhood in blue.

But cancer took his life before the big day. Police say he passed away peaceably with his loved ones at his side.

"We were heartbroken at the news today of his passing. In Dorian’s honor, Chief Willard wore his badge, while carrying with him Dorian’s official Manchester Police ID card and his name plate."

Dorian’s shield will be officially retired at the end of the chief’s shift and his name tag placed honorably in the chief’s office.

The youngster's mission was embraced throughout New England, with billboards that went up across the region with the message "#DStrong Praying for Dorian."

May he be as famous in heaven as he was on earth.

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