The student reporter who got a sit-down interview with then-President Barack Obama
when he was 11 years old has died at the age of 23, according to his family.
won America's heart during his 10-minute interview in the White House
Diplomatic Room, when the young journalist asked Obama if he was "bullied a lot." Obama responded that he just tries to do a good job, which "keeps me going."
Weaver also asked Obama if he would be willing to play Miami Heat basketball star Dwayne Wade one-on-one, and Obama said he would, despite the fact that Wade is "a little bit better at basketball than I am."
Weaver thanked Obama for "making my dream come true," and he invited Obama to be his "homeboy."
Weaver, a Pahokee, Florida
native, became the youngest person to interview a sitting president.
Weaver died of natural causes on May 1st, according to his sister Candace Hardy of The Palm Beach Post. He was studying communications at Georgia
's Albany State University to pursue his dream of becoming a sports
journalist, and was looking forward to returning to school in the fall, according to Hardy.
She described her brother's interview with Obama as a "once-in-a-lifetime experience" for him.
Her brother, she said, was an inspiration to other kids.
“A lot of people
looked up to him,” she told the Post, “and because he was so young, he paved the way for more students to get involved in journalism
She described her brother as a "nice person, genuine, and very intelligent." He was a "ball of light with so much energy
. He was always a joy to be around. He left an impression on a lot of people," Hardy said.
Weaver interviewed Oprah Winfrey
, Samuel L. Jackson
, Chris Tucker, and LL Cool J during a previous trip to Washington, D.C.
“I got to interview a lot of famous people, and I also got to be on the red carpet,” he said, laughing.