Brittany Burns, the fiancee of Buffalo Bills linebacker Tony Steward, died Tuesday at 26 years old. Just two months ago, she was diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer.
Just days after Burns got her devastating diagnosis, Steward asked her to marry him. According to WKBW, the couple met at Clemson University. Steward played football, and Burns was on the rowing team.
Steward posted a heartbreaking message to Instagram to his wife-to-be after she passed away.
“Brittany Ann Steward! Wow BEAUTIFUL is the only way I know you,” wrote Steward. “You have the biggest heart I have ever seen in my entire life and I promise you that it will live on in me, our family and every single soul you have touched.”
He said since the day they met, Burns changed him.
“You have been my rock, my motivation, my heart, my soulmate, my everything since the day I laid eyes on you,” wrote Steward. “Every single day of your life you have been a fighter and I know this because of the unbelievable family you brought me into.”
Steward said she will continue to have an impact on him, even though she’s gone.
“We will all honor everything you stand for in life. I will continue to be the person that you always bring out in me,” wrote Steward. “Believe me when I say that I deeply love you with every ounce of everything in me. Love always, Your Fiancé.”
The Buffalo Bills said on their website that Burns will be sorely missed. She was an active member of her community through the Buffalo Bills Women’s Association.
“Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to Tony Steward and the family of Burns Burns during this most difficult time,” wrote the Buffalo Bills.
Burns was living in Orchard Park, New York with Steward. She was getting treatment at the University of Pennsylvania.