NYPD Cop in Viral Gay Pride Parade Dance Video Dies of Cancer

What to Know

  • Michael Hance died Sunday at the age of 44
  • A video of him dancing in uniform at the 2015 parade has been seen by more than 8 million people on YouTube
  • Hance, a 17-year veteran of the force, is survived by two children

An NYPD officer who became a social media sensation after he danced with a marcher at the city's 2015 gay pride parade has died. 

The Arthur F. White Funeral Home in Bethpage, New York, says Michael Hance died Sunday of cancer. He was 44. 

A video of Hance dancing in uniform and getting a kiss on the cheek at the 2015 Gay Pride parade has been seen by more than 8 million YouTube viewers. 

Paige Ponzeka, who shot the video, says she was impressed someone not in the LGBT community displayed a positive outlook. The Gay Officers Action League says Hance represented the best of what police officers are about. 

The 17-year NYPD officer is survived by two children. 

GOAL and others are raising money to benefit Hance's family.

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