Ben Underwood

 

 

Age: 16

 

Summary: blind Sacramento teen whose talent for learning to "see with sound" turned him into a national worldwide phenomenon for his ability to navigate using a tongue-clicking skill called echolocation, who had his eyes removed at age 3 after being diagnosed with retinal cancer at age 2 and later discovered echolocation at age 5 by which he was able to detect the location of objects by making frequent clicking noises with his tongue, in which he used it to accomplish such feats as playing basketball, foosball, and video games and running, rollerblading, and skateboarding, and whose story was featured in countless magazines, newspapers, and TV programs.

 

 

Cause of Death: Retinal cancer

 

Born: January 26, 1992

 

Died: January 19, 2009

 

Location: Elk Grove, California