An adventurer with a rare brittle bone disease has died after suffering a devastating head injury while taking part in a half-marathon at the weekend. Samuel Gibson, 39, was on life support in Hawke's Bay Hospital, Hastings. Mr Gibson, who last week gave a TEDxAuckland talk, was born with a rare condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, a genetic disorder that makes for brittle bones that fracture easily. He was taking part in the Sotheby's half marathon in Hawke's Bay when he suffered a fall from his wheelchair. Mr Gibson's brother Matthew has posted a statement about his death on Facebook. "It's with heavy hearts and great sadness that we share with you Samuel's passing earlier this morning," the statement says. "The family would like to publicly thank the ED and ICU teams at Hawke's Bay Hospital who were so kind in their care for Samuel. Unfortunately the injuries that Samuel sustained were not survivable. "The family would also like to thank the many people who have been providing support for Jen, Rosa, Isabelle and his immediate family. "Thank you also for the many kind messages of support that have been received. Samuel will be greatly missed by so many people, he touched so many lives and was an inspiration to us all. "We will let you know of Sam's funeral arrangements in due course." Several people have described Mr Gibson as "brave" and "inspiring" in tributes to him on social media. "Oh no! RIP Samuel Gibson, died doing what he loved and inspiring others by not giving in to his difficulties. God's peace be with with the family as they go through losing you," a Facebook user said.
"Samuel Gibson was so inspirational, and despite his disease he was living life to the full," another said.
Very sad to hear about Samuel Gibson. He was a real inspiration to all the mentors and mentees on Project K. Thoughts to his family.— Bill Roberts (@wroberts999) May 15, 2016
"Gutted. Absolutely gutted. Mourning the loss of this giant of a man. Love and prayers to everyone," another said.
Very sad to learn of the passing of Samuel Gibson. A person who gave it a go and showed the world what can be... https://t.co/aBKacJLguD— John (@WithoutLimitsNZ) May 15, 2016
"You were and always we be an inspiration to all whose lives you touched! Thank you for everything you did and for the example you set!
So tragic about Samuel Gibson. He was such an inspirational presence at TEDx just a few days ago.— James Elliott (@JamesElliott8) May 15, 2016
"Thoughts and prayers to your family and friends during this difficult time," a friend said. Yesterday, a Facebook post by a family member said: "Dear family and friends, we are sorry to share with you that Samuel suffered a devastating head injury yesterday while competing in a half marathon. Messages of support had flooded on to Mr Gibson's Facebook page yesterday. "Know that we are all praying for you Sam. Recover and come back stronger to tell us your story. Kia Kaha," Bernadette Smith said. Mr Gibson's life of adventure and creativity was a declaration to the world that he was not disabled. "I live in a world where nothing fits. I am three feet tall and wheelchair reliant but am anything but disabled," he told the Herald earlier this month. Some of those with osteogenesis imperfecta do not survive beyond birth, but others are largely unaffected. There is no cure, although some surgical treatments are used to strengthen bones and some medications are being tried.
You are such an inspiration, Samuel Gibson! Rest in peace. The world will miss a brave man like you.— Preeti Garude (@PrettyGarude) May 15, 2016