Ethan Benoit was pronounced dead at WakeMed Hospital just before noon on Sunday. Family members said they believe it was a heart attack.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Ethan and his family appeared on WRAL News in December after their holiday decorations were stolen.
Family members said Ethan loved to watch the lights and listen to the music so they saved money to purchase an inflatable Winnie the Pooh and Grinch for their lawn last year.
When the Benoits filed a police report, the Franklin County sheriff's office decided to help. Deputies collected donations and found the same inflatable characters plus four more to decorate the Benoit’s yard.
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