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A child abuse survivor who inspired stronger abuse laws in Tennessee died early Wednesday morning.

Josh Osborne had been battling a virus among other health problems.

Authorities found Osborne when he was 15 years old chained to a bed in his Middle Tennessee home weighing less than 50 pounds. His father and stepmother were later sentenced to six years in prison.

In 2008, then Governor Phil Bredesen signed the Josh Osborne Law which added starvation and dehydration to the list of child abuse charges.

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