LITTLE ROCK, AR - An Arkansas family and thousands more touched by the story of Zack Towers are mourning the loss of the 19-year-old who fought a valiant battle against a brain injury.
The former linebacker with Star City High School who collapsed on the football field more than 15 months ago died this morning in Little Rock.
Here's our timeline of his fight that inspired prayers from people across the state and around the world:
Nov. 1, 2012 - The senior linebacker for the Star City High School Bulldogs collapses in the 3rd quarter on the field in Star City as the team battles Crossett. He is taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff where he undergoes brain surgery. Afterward, he is listed in critical condition.
Nov. 2, 2012 - The Towers family creates a Prayers for Zack Towers page on Facebook. Thousands of posts come in from around the world offering prayers. In Star City, hundreds attend a candlelight vigil for Zack at the football stadium.
Nov. 3, 2012 - Members of the Crossett High School football team visit Zack in the hospital.
Nov. 4, 2012 - Zack is transferred to Arkansas Children's Hospital (ACH) in Little Rock.
Nov. 5, 2012 - Zack's brother Ty posts on Facebook that he "made small improvements today. He has faintly moved his arms and legs and has coughed."
Nov. 9, 2012 - A balloon release for Zack is held as both teams meet at midfield to pray for him before the Star City/Heber Springs football game. Zack's condition is upgraded from critical to serious.
Nov. 10, 2012 - Ty Towers, a sophomore quarterback at Ouachita Baptist University normally wears #7 but for the game against rival Henderson State, he wears his brother's #16. His teammates have Zack's name added to the jersey and to show more support, they wear #16 on their helmets.
Nov. 14, 2012 - Doctors begin to take Zack off a respirator and allow him to breathe on his own.
Nov. 26, 2012 - Zack is moved from the intensive care unit to a regular room at ACH.
Dec. 1, 2012 - The Zack Towers Benefit Run is held at Cane Creek State Park in Star City to raise money for his medical care.
Dec. 1-24, 2012 - Zack, still bedridden, moves daily, opens his eyes briefly and also smiles.
Dec. 25, 2012 - Zack is moved from Arkansas Children's Hospital to his mother's home in Little Rock.
Jan. - March 2013 - While Zack improves, he also battles setbacks and requires lots of medication.
March 19, 2013 - Family says Zack "seems happy and enjoys listening to his music."
March 22, 2013 - Zack is taken back to ACH with a fever and congested lungs.
April 27, 2013 - A benefit softball tournament is held to help support the Towers family.
June 23, 2013 - A family get together is held two days before Zack's 19th birthday.
July 18, 2013 - Zack's family takes him home to Star City for a brief visit.
Late July 2013 - Zack has feeding tube problems and visits the emergency room twice.
Aug. 14, 2013 - The Towers family posts on Facebook that "Zack has not been as good over the past few days that he normally is. Please remember him in your prayers. Overall I would say that his condition is still strong overall, but we have encountered some bumps in the road here as of late."
Sept. 13, 2013 - Zack's family takes him back to Star City High School for a football game.
Dec. 3, 2013 - Zack is admitted to Easter Seals in Little Rock.
Jan. 28, 2014 - Zack is taken back to the ER at ACH. His family says he's "still having neuro storms and they sometimes last for a long time. He continues to go home on the weekends and he seems to have adjusted well at his temporary home."
Feb. 19, 2014 - Zack dies in the early morning hours at a Little Rock hospital.
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