Family says Frankfort teen Bradley Camic has passed away

Bradley Camic with his mom, Julie
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - A Frankfort teen who was battling a serious illness has died, family tells WKYT.

Frankfort High School student Bradley Camic collapsed on the soccer field on August 10. He has been at Kentucky Children's hospital battling viral encephalitis since that day.

Camic's family says he passed away around 5:30 Wednesday evening.

"It felt like the student body was almost in shock. The faculty were taking things hard as well. We came together as a group this morning just to let them know they weren't in this alone," said Frankfort High School Principal John Lyons.

In an act of solidarity, students and staff at Franklin County High School and Western Hills High School wore blue and orange to school, Frankfort High School's colors.

"To show respect for his family we designated today, blue and orange day," said Greg Roush, Western Hills High School Principal.

Grief counselors were at all three high schools today, students were comforting each other as well.

"I've watched kids put their arm around each other in the hallway and pray with them on the spot," said Buddy Sampson, Franklin County High School Principal.

Earlier this week, Bradley's family said he was the second person in the world to receive an experimental drug.

Lyons says there will be a gathering at Sower Field Friday morning. At 8:30, students and staff will spell out "BC3" and have a balloon release in his memory.

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