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Mississippi State outfielder Alex Wilcox passed away Monday evening at the age of 18. The Bulldogs and the entire softball world were in her corner as she battled ovarian cancer.

Wilcox was diagnosed in 2015 when she was a junior at Brantley High School. She helped lead the Bulldogs to several Alabama state titles. MSU and countless teams across the country wore teal jerseys or teal ribbons to honor Alex’s fight.

MSU head coach Vann Stuedeman released the following statement: “Alex Wilcox will always be remembered by her smile. The bravest, most courageous young lady I have ever known went through the toughest battle with a smile on her face every day. The grace and beauty that she put forward while suffering this horrific disease was truly remarkable and nothing short of heroic. Our hearts are broken for her family and all of those that loved her so dearly. The Mississippi State softball family will strive to humbly honor her warrior mentality and faith-filled heart. She will be forever missed.”

The softball world flocked to social media to pay tribute to #8.

Montana Davidson @tanashaeeeee

MSU Softball @HailStateSB
MSU Softball Inspiration Alex Wilcox Dies

Holly Rowe @sportsiren
Holly Rowe@sportsiren
If you haven’t met this special young lady, let us introduce @Alex_wilcox8 She is inspiring me every day. #hailstate 

Jay Roberson @BhmBolts99

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