INDIANAPOLIS -- Many dignitaries and sports figures were among those who attended the funeral for Purdue University superfan and cancer activist Tyler Trent on Tuesday night.
In a sanctuary of an Indianapolis church featuring many items of sports memorabilia collected by Trent, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb read a message from Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen. Holcomb said the state and the nation were inspired by Trent's courage and bravery fighting the bone cancer that took his life Jan. 1 at age 20.
Many speakers cited Trent's deep faith. Purdue quarterback David Blough said Trent would want the evening "to be all about Jesus."
Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm attended with many members of his Boilermakers team wearing black jerseys.
The Boilermaker Special locomotive mascot was parked outside the church.
At the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan, the Michigan State men's basketball team announced it would remember Trent with a banner, available for fans to sign before Tuesday's game against the Boilermakers.
In remembrance of Tyler Trent, Michigan State will have a banner on the concourse outside of section 109 for fans to sign pregame. Before shootaround Coach Izzo and the team were the first to sign the banner. #TylerStrong pic.twitter.com/ddeud8pRyu— Michigan State Basketball (@MSU_Basketball) January 8, 2019
Trent was 20 when he died following a battle against a rare bone cancer with which he was first diagnosed at age 15.
He entered Purdue in the fall of 2017 while undergoing chemotherapy and gained national attention during 2018 by becoming the adopted captain of the Boilermakers football team.
Trent became a national inspiration with his positive attitude and determination to live every day to the fullest.
He earned an associate degree in computer information technology from Purdue, which will hold a Wednesday evening memorial honoring him.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.