NYPD Cop Who Twerked At NYC Gay Pride Dies Of 9/11-Related Cancer
NYPD Officer Michael Hance became one of the highlight's of 2015's NYC Pride Parade when he showed off his twerking skills by dancing with parade reveler Aaron Santis.
We're sad to report that Officer Hance has passed away at 44-years-old due to 9/11-related cancer.
Officer Hance was the father of two daughters.
According to The New York Daily News:
The 17-year veteran of the NYPD, who worked the bucket brigade in the aftermath of the terror attack on the World Trade Center, died Sunday.
“He always liked to help people,” his brother, Peter Hance, 45, told the Daily News. “He always liked to do good.”
Hance, who worked out of the 111th Precinct stationhouse in Bayside, Queens, was diagnosed with brain cancer in November after he fell in front of his home and complained of feeling dizzy, his brother said. As he fought the disease, the cancer spread to his lungs, liver and chest.
We're going to remember him like this!
Regarding the video, NYDN writes:
“I was as impressed as I was happy,” said Brian Downey, the president of the NYPD’s Gay Officers Action League said about the video. “He isn’t a member of GOAL or the LGBT community, but we were elated to see that video. It represented the true spirit of the police family. That’s what 99.5% of cops are like.”
Santis was marching with the Big Apple Softball League, an LGBT sports group, when he started dancing in front of Hance. The Queens cop quickly joined in and began grooving to the Michael Jackson song “Don’t Stop ’Til You Get Enough” with Santis. He then turned and started twerking while Santis was grinding behind him.
Santis left Hance after giving him a big smooch on the cheek and a sticker from the softball league that read, “I’d hit that!”
The 13-second video has been viewed 7,785,244 times, said Paige Ponzeka, who recorded the unique New York moment.
“It was really special,” said Ponzeka. “Aaron had danced in front of a lot of cops, but they were not as responsive. Then we saw this officer get into it. (Hance) understood what the parade was about — about having fun and being yourself.”
Thanks for making us smile, Officer Hance. R.I.P.