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Memphis DJ John "Bad Dog" McCormack passes away

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Memphis DJ John "Bad Dog" McCormack passed away Thursday after a battle with Leukemia.

McCormack has been a radio personality in Memphis for over two decades.  Over the years, he helped raise millions for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital and Ronald McDonald House in the fight against childhood cancer.

In October 2009, McCormack found out he was fighting his own battle with Leukemia and would have to have a bone marrow transplant.

The news rocked fans of Rock 103's Bad Dog and Ric.  Many people in the Mid-South started a campaign to help with his overwhelming medical bills.

"He's just a good person," said Cleave Stewart, a friend of McCormack.  "He would do it for anybody else and he needs this help."

Fundraisers, a website and a Facebook page were all made in support of "Bad Dog."

His cancer had been in and out of remission over the past year.  Despite his illness, McCormack continued to be part of Rock 103's drive-time morning radio broadcast.

"I'm doing very well after this bone marrow thing," McCormack said in a video message posted on YouTube.  "I appreciate everybody checking in with me, but there is something else we are checking into obviously.  February 10 and 11, the Ronald McDonald Radiothon is coming up and it is the 20th annual Radiothon."

On February 12, McCormack received news from his doctor that tests revealed more Leukemia.

"This is my second relapse," he said.  "It's part of the deal.  You make progress.  You may get a setback, but you just keep going and do what you got to do."

McCormack kept fighting until the end.

"What happens, it's in the hands of the good Lord, and I'm blessed from all the experiences I've had."

McCormack arranged for a message to be shared on Facebook after he passed away.  A close friend posted the following:

"I have gone to be with God and he is holding me tightly and I am surrounded by many of the Ronald McDonald's House kids.  Do not say you have lost a friend... One is only lost when you don't know where they are... you know where I am.  I thank each and every one of you for your support and prayers.  I love all of you and that will never go away.  When you are having a bad day... think of my laugh or a Twilight phone or the time we met.  None of us is guaranteed tomorrow, make every day great, be the spiritual leader of your family.  May peace be with you.  Your friend, Bad Dog."

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