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    WASHINGTON(AFP) - US professor Randy Pausch, who shot to global fame because of the inspirational "Last Lecture" he delivered just weeks after learning he had terminal cancer, died Friday, the university where he taught said.
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    "He died today," Alyssa Mayfield, a spokeswoman for Carnegie Mellon University, where Pausch had taught computer science since 1997, told AFP.

    Pausch was 47.

    Celebrated in his chosen field and praised as an inspirational teacher, Pausch sprang to worldwide fame for his "Last Lecture," delivered at Carnegie Mellon on September 18 last year after he learned he was dying of pancreatic cancer and had months to live.

    "We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just the way we play the hand," Pausch said in the lecture, which was laced with humor and optimism.

    Titled "Really achieving your childhood dreams," the lecture was a call for all those who knew Pausch to "go on without him and do great things," Carnegie Mellon said in a statement released Friday.

    The talk was videotaped and subsequently criss-crossed the world via the Internet. More than 3.2 million people had viewed the "Last Lecture" on YouTube alone as of Friday, and according to Carnegie Mellon, tens of millions have watched Pausch's inspirational talk.

    "If I don't seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you," said Pausch, the married father of three young children, at the start of the lecture.

    He focused in his talk not on his illness but on "my childhood dreams; how I believe I have been able to enable the dreams of others; and, to some degree, lessons learned... how you can use the stuff you hear today to pursue your dreams or enable the dreams of others."

    Pausch outlined his own childhood dreams, which included writing a World Book Encyclopedia entry, experiencing zero gravity and creating Disney attractions -- all dreams that were fulfilled.

    Some of his dreams, such as being a pro American football player, were not realized, but Pausch learned more from those than the dreams he achieved, he said.

    Wearing his professor's hat, he shared lessons, including about seeing the good side of other people, about viewing brick walls as challenges rather than obstacles, and about living generously.

    "If you lead your life the right way, the karma will take care of itself," Pausch said. "The dreams will come to you."

    The talk spawned a book, called "The Last Lecture," which was translated into 30 languages and topped best-seller lists around the world.

    The book was an attempt by Pausch "to put myself in a bottle that will one day wash up on the beach for my children," he was quoted as saying by Carnegie Mellon.

    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080725...h_080725150746
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      i didnt hear about this guy until today so i looked up his "last lecture" video on youtube. the guy is a really inspirational speaker with a lot of great points. i suggest you guys look up the diane sawyer interview with him. its really touching. its a shame that he died. RIP

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