Zaria Hunter, a Tennessee state university student aged 21 dies from cancer

Zaria Hunter, a student at Tennessee State University, died on January 29th, 2023 after battling a rare cancer. Let’s see about Zaria Hunter’s journey in detail.


How did Zaria Hunter die?

21-year-old Zaria Hunter passed away on January 29th, 2023 after suffering a rare form of cancer. Many TSU students gathered today to honor Zaria Hunter’s life while keeping their heads bowed and their hearts heavy with sorrow.

Tennessee State University shared the devastating news on Facebook.

“With bowed heads and hearts filled with grief, dozens of TSU students gathered today to celebrate the life of Zaria Hunter. Zaria passed away on Sunday, after battling a rare form of cancer. The 21-year old sophomore was studying agriculture sciences with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine. Zaria is remembered as a loving, cheerful student who lit up any room she walked into. #LLZee🕊️

Hunter, a student at the university, was majoring in agriculture sciences with a focus on pre-veterinary medicine. Zaria is remembered as a considerate and energetic student who brought a cheerful attitude to each environment she attended.

The family has not yet finalized Obituary and Funeral arrangements for Zaria Hunter.

Zaria Hunter GoFundMe

Kendra Butler of Atlanta, Georgia set up this GoFundMe page to assist the family with funeral bills and other expenditures at this difficult period. Out of the $8,000 target, the fundraising website has so far collected USD 3,851 as of this morning. The most benevolent donor was Deetra Young, who gave $200.

A statement on the page read,

“On January 29th, 2023 Zaria made her transition to glory. She was only 21 years only. Zaria was a beautiful soul that loved so many in such a pure way. She was a fighter! When she took her last breath, she did so smiling.:

“We are asking that you help us honor our beloved Zaria for her homegoing celebration by donating to Zaria’s GoFundMe. Supporting us in this way will allow us to focus our energy on properly grieving the loss of Zaria.”

“We also ask that you join us in praying for the strength of our family as they navigate this difficult reality.”

To Donate :


Zaria Hunter’s journey

Hunter began her sophomore year in agriculture sciences with a pre-veterinary medicine specialization last spring. Hunter was first excited, but her excitement was short-lived when she started to suffer from severe headaches frequently. She didn’t consider her headaches to be a severe health concern, and she thought some medication would ultimately make them go away. She had no intention of turning 20 while being treated at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis while she was just 19 years old.

After receiving a rare cancer diagnosis, Hunter’s physique began to rapidly elevate. When the cancer was confirmed to be in stage 4 in April 2021, her family learned that many parts of her body had already been affected.

Hunter shared, according to the news release sent to a Blavity,

“It was in my liver, brain, lungs, spine, and hip bone.”

The fierce struggle for her life continued. Hunter experienced numerous difficult times and multiple comas, one of which lasted for four days, during her five-month stay at St. Jude.

She expressed,

“That’s when things were getting rough.” 

Hunter once underwent a major weight loss; at 5-foot-4 in height, she weighed barely 85 pounds. Even though she was weak and had lost her ability to walk, she was determined to succeed. In addition, Zaria underwent surgery to have a port inserted in her chest as well as seven rounds of intravenous chemotherapy.

Hunter underwent daily chemotherapy after being discharged from St. Jude after five months. With a minor amount of lung cancer, Hunter returned to Nashville this semester. She returns to TSU this semester to complete her veterinary degree and proudly visits St. Jude once a month for a checkup. Hunter has admirable enthusiasm.

Hunter was incredibly dedicated, and her strength was inspiring. Coworkers and teachers claim that despite her struggle with the illness and how ill she became, Hunter never lost her grin or her optimistic attitude.


Tributes to Zaria Hunter

Many people expressed their profound sympathies to her family and expressed how much they loved her.

Many TSU students gathered today to honor Zaria Hunter’s life. (Facebook / Tennessee State University)

Brandi Neubel Wrote,

“Today has been a day I wish it never happened or I could set the clock back and start over. I had the honor in Oct of 2022 to interview this beautiful soul fighting a rare cancer. Zaria Hunter lit up the studio with her smile!!! It’s with a heavy heart I learned today she is back with her Heavenly Father. I will never forget her. Genma Holmes thank you for allowing me to be apart of this show..🥺🥺🥺😭😭 Please keep all her Family and TSU Family lifted in prayer…. #760amthegospel #TSU #livingyourbestlife #zariahunter #TSU”

Alicia Commented,

“God bless her family and all who knew and lived her, #RIPQueen ”

KC Dixon Wrote,

“My condolences to her family, friends and love ones. My her light continue to burn brightly.”

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died.

We wish her eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to her loved ones, family, friends. May she rest in peace.

Kindly use the comment box below to honor the death of Zaria Hunter by leaving a tribute.


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