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Brave Hannah Loses Her Battle

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Brave Hannah Loses Her Battle

Hannah Rye, the terminally ill teenager who made national headlines when she was escorted to her school formal by NRL player Trent Hodkinson, has died.

The 15-year-old died over the weekend, the Daily Telegraph reported, a month after the Newcastle Knights halfback escorted her to the Year 10 winter formal at Kurri Kurri High School in NSW's Hunter region.

The pair had been close since meeting at John Hunter Children's Hospital in 2016 where Hannah was being treated for Ewing sarcoma cancer.

School principal Tracey Breese said last month the event was specifically arranged due to the seriousness of Hannah's illness, given "she will not be here" for the traditional end-of-year formal.

"She was floating, just floating. She said at the end of the night 'I just don't want it to end'," Ms Breese said.

"Trent was just the consummate gentleman."