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Dad-To-Be Dies of 'Extraordinarily Rare' Cancer Just 3 Weeks After Visiting ER | He Was Always Tired
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Dad-To-Be Dies of 'Extraordinarily Rare' Cancer Just 3 Weeks After Visiting ER | He Was Always Tired

"'You put up a hell of a fight. You can relax now.' I hope that comforted him," his devastated wife said.

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Editor's note: This article was originally published on June 24, 2022. It has since been updated.

Matthew and Graziella "Gracie" Robertson were overjoyed when they found out they were pregnant with their first child, a baby girl, just a short while after they got married in September 2021. "The second I got the positive test, Matthew was out there looking at little baby shoes and baby clothes," Gracie, a resident of New York, told PEOPLE. "He was so, so excited to be a dad." In May, when Gracie was in her third trimester, Matthew couldn't help but feel like something was wrong. He told his wife that he felt exhausted all the time and complained of back pain, but Gracie said it "was all easily explained away."

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"We would go on trips, and he was building things for the baby," she shared. "So of course, you're going to be tired, and of course, your back's going to hurt." Little did they know that Matthew had epithelioid angiosarcoma, a rare cancer that affects the blood vessels. Unfortunately, on June 6, 2022, just five weeks before his baby girl was due to arrive, Matthew died. His death came just three weeks after he visited the ER for the first time. "I feel sad that she won't get to have her dad the way that she deserves," said Gracie, 29. "I'm sad that he doesn't get to be the girl dad that he was so excited about being. I know she'll bring so much joy and happiness into our family during this time of heartache, but it's bittersweet because he should be here."