Alfie, terminally ill British boy taken off life support, dies: Father

The boy became a rallying point after a series of court rulings.

Alfie Evans, the terminally ill British child who gained international attention due to a series of court cases surrounding his removal from life support, has died, according to his family.

Thomas Evans, the father of 23-month-old Alfie, announced his son had died in a Facebook post at about 6 a.m. British time.

The post already had over 41,000 interactions and 23,000 shares within an hour of Thomas Evans' posting the news. Thomas wrote, "My gladiator lay down his shield and gained his wings at 02:30."

Despite objections from his parents, Thomas and Kate, doctors at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital removed Alfie from life support on Monday. The boy continued to breathe on his own, but his parents and their supporters worried the decision would end his life.

A court ruled on Tuesday that Alfie was too sick to be taken to hospital at the Vatican and nothing had changed since the previous ruling. High Court Justice Anthony Hayden dismissed the parents' case, saying his ruling was "the final chapter in the life of this extraordinary little boy."

Protesters, nicknamed "Alfie's Army," had taken up the boy's case, and even tried to rush the hospital after he was taken off life support.

Alfie had even gathered supporters in the United States, including many prominent conservatives.

Gingrich was referring to the death Charlie Gard, who died in July 2017, in a similar case to Alfie's.