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Matthew Thibedeau takes direction as he warms up with the rest of the cast of the Little Country Theatre's production of "A Chorus Line" in 2006. Forum file photo

Cystic fibrosis claims F-M actor Matthew Thibedeau

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Fargo native and international performer Matthew Thibedeau died Wednesday morning after battling cystic fibrosis for several years.

"He was a gift from God," says Thibedeau's mother, Mary Schroeder, who spoke of his wisdom and "boundless energy."

According to a Facebook support site for Thibedeau, the "life expectancy for cystic fibrosis is typically 30 years, but Matthew made it beyond 35."

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