The real impact of Dr. Freddie H. Fu cannot easily be captured in words.
But in the hours after it was announced that the iconic orthopaedic surgeon had died at age 70, those who knew him and were influenced by his life and work took to social media to share what words they could find to convey their appreciation for the man who created the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s sports medicine program.
From sports figures to colleagues, tributes were not in short supply.
Dr. Freddie Fu, thank you for what you did for my knee and my career. My heart hurts knowing your life was cut short due to Cancer. Literally talked to you less than a month ago. May your legacy live on! Im going to miss those random pics of Nature you would send me daily. RIP???? pic.twitter.com/9rvjAh5517
— andrew mccutchen (@TheCUTCH22) September 25, 2021
Forever in our hearts.
Rest In Peace, Dr. Freddie Fu.https://t.co/zDmt582UZR pic.twitter.com/kc3W9nQKJ7
— Pitt Athletics (@Pitt_ATHLETICS) September 25, 2021
I am blessed beyond measure to have had a friendship with Dr Freddie Fu. What a charismatic, intelligent, caring, and humorous man! I have shed endless tears this week, knowing that the world was losing a beautiful soul. Yet I know the world is a better place because of him. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/89Cya22yK3
— WPXI Traffic (@WPXITraffic) September 25, 2021
Statements from Pitt AD Heather Lyke and football coach Pat Narduzzi on the death of renowned UPMC surgeon Freddie Fu pic.twitter.com/TZolI7yKin
— Craig Meyer (@CraigMeyerPG) September 25, 2021
RIP the great Freddie Fu, one of the all-time legends of orthopaedics. I had the pleasure of meeting him on a few occasions, his energy and decency were infectious.
Not just a loss to orthopaedics, but to the world of medicine and beyond.
Thoughts and prayers with his family. pic.twitter.com/M9iyhV63eh
— Kash Akhtar (@kashakhtar) September 25, 2021
Very sad with the news of the passing of Dr. Freddie Fu, the head team physician for Pitt Athletics & the creator of the UPMC sports medicine program. Dr Fu was such a nice person who always had time to stop and ask how I was doing. My thoughts are with his family. A great man pic.twitter.com/7bbKcP7CqM
— Alby Oxenreiter (@albyox) September 25, 2021
Today we have lost one of the most incredible men I have ever met. He has been a true mentor and friend, for me and my family, and likewise for thousands of us. We are all broken now, but Freddie Fu legacy will last forever! pic.twitter.com/rVYBMeDe3f
— Francesco Della Villa MD (@FDellaVilla) September 25, 2021
Perhaps everyone’s favorite:
“If you want a second opinion, you ask Freddie Fu twice!”
— Clayton Nuelle, MD, FAAOS (@NuelleSportsMD) September 17, 2021
When folks think of greats at Pitt they think of those on the field, off the field; the should think of Dr. Freddie Fu. A world changer for millions. Rest In Peace Dr. pic.twitter.com/wIoklji27z
— Noah Kastroll (@nrkastroll) September 25, 2021
Legend is an often over used word in this day and age…. But NOT with Freddie Fu…..
— Knee Surg in London (@kneedoclond) September 25, 2021