NYPD officer seen dancing at gay pride parade dies of cancer

NYPD officer seen dancing at gay pride parade dies of cancer

March 16th, 2017 by Associated Press in National Obituaries

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (AP) - A New York City police officer who became a social media sensation dancing with a marcher at a gay pride parade has died.

The Arthur F. White Funeral Home in Bethpage, New York, says Michael Hance died Sunday of cancer. He was 44.

A video of Hance dancing in uniform and getting a kiss on the cheek at the 2015 Gay Pride parade has been seen by more than 8 million YouTube viewers.

Paige Ponzeka, who shot the video, says she was impressed someone not in the LGBT community displayed a positive outlook. The Gay Officers Action League says Hance represented the best of what police officers are about.

The 17-year NYPD officer is survived by two children.

GOAL and others are raising money to benefit Hance's family.