Jamey Rodemeyer's suicide should serve as a reminder to end anti-gay bullying, UK rugby star Ben Cohen said.

Rodemeyer is the 14-year-old junior high school student who committed suicide after being bullied for coming out gay. The teen, who had just started his freshman year at Williamsville North High School outside Buffalo, New York, was found dead outside his home on September 18. More than 500 people showed up to pay their respects to Rodemeyer at his funeral held on Saturday.

In a YouTube video posted in May, Rodemeyer said Lady Gaga had inspired him. “Lady Gaga, she makes me so happy, and she lets me know that I was born this way. And that's my advice to you from her. People are born this way. All you have to do is hold your head up and you'll go far,” he said in the clip. “Just love yourself and you're set … It gets better.”

Cohen retired from rugby earlier this year and has started speaking out against homophobia in sports.

“Having read the news this week about the death of 14-year-old Jamey, I felt saddened and shocked that someone so young could feel so alone and isolated that they took their own life,” Cohen said on his blog.

“One of the main reasons that I felt compelled to start StandUp has been to be a voice against the senseless bullying of people who are perceived to be different.”

“Jamey is another example of why it is time for us all to stand up against bullying and the consequences that it can bring.”

“Bullying must not be tolerated at any level,” he added.

Singers Ricky Martin and Lady Gaga have also drawn attention to Rodemeyer's death.

Martin tweeted to his nearly 4 million followers, “This needs to stop now,” while Lady Gaga paid tribute to the teen during a Saturday performance in Las Vegas.

“Bullying is for losers,” she told the audience.