'Last Lecture' Professor Randy Pausch Dies at 47

Randy Pausch, the Carnegie Mellon computer-science professor with terminal cancer whose "Last Lecture" became a YouTube sensation in late 2007, died early Friday morning.

Pausch died at his home in Chesapeake, Va., where he had moved from Pittsburgh last fall to be closer to relatives, said Carnegie Mellon spokeswoman Anne Watzman.

Pausch's wife, Jai, put out a statement early Friday thanking "the millions of people who have offered their love, prayers and support."

"Randy was so happy and proud that the lecture and book inspired parents to revisit their priorities, particularly their relationships with their children," she said. "The outpouring of cards and e-mails really sustained him."