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Beloved media professor dies at 53

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Dr. Danny Shipka, a beloved professor at Oklahoma State's school of media and strategic communications, died Sunday.

Shipka died after a battle with Multiple System Atrophy, a rare fatal disease that aggressively attacks the nervous system.

Shipka was 53 years old and from Chicago, Illinois-- a city he talked about many times while teaching strategic communications class. Shipka had a very accomplished career as he published three books and touched the lives of students through his teaching.

A fellow professor at OSU, Shane Hoffman, wrote a heartfelt message about Shipka on Monday.

"It is with great sadness that our beloved friend, mentor, jokester, tennis enthusiast, educator, human rights and political champion for all that is good Dr. Danny Shipka passed away last night," Hoffman said. "He loved everyone he met with a fierce loyalty, wit and spirit that was one in a billion. Memorial arrangements and a scholarship fund will be set up TBA.

"Danny would want everyone he met (or even if he never met) and came across this message to live every second of life to the fullest. Never turn down an opportunity to see a good film, listen to some new music or eat amazing food. The best way to honor him is to continue to embrace all that makes this world worth living in."

Editor's note: This story has been updated with Dr. Shipka's cause of death: Multiple System Atrophy. The obituary can be found here.