- Associated Press - Thursday, March 16, 2017

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.

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