The young Bradley Lowery, who won the hearts of millions through his long battle with neuroblastoma, has passed away.
The six-year-old Bradley Lowery was known as the Sunderland AFC fan with a heart of gold. His story became known worldwide through his friendship with Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe – the two were “best friends.”
During his last months, Bradley was Sunderland mascot several times, and even lead England to the pitch during a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania in March.
At the age of only 18 months, Bradley was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which primarily affects children. He fought the illness for two years before going into remission, but the cancer returned in 2016.
He had become unresponsive, his mother announced on Thursday, while Defoe told reporters who asked him about Bradley during a press conference that he “only has a matter of days” but “will always be in my heart for the rest of my life”.
On Friday, his family announced through a Facebook post: “My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family.”
“He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where.There are no words to describe how heart broken we are.”
“Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words. Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels.”
Footballers from all over England and Europe expressed their condolences and deep respect they have for Bradley Lowery.
He lived a short life, but managed to inspire and touch the hearts of millions around the world.
Rest in peace Bradley Lowery.