Six-year-old Bradley Lowery, whose plight touched the lives of many people, has died after a long illness. The Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer – when he was 18 months old.
Bradley went on to be the club’s mascot and became “best mates” with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe. He also led England out at Wembley for a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania.
His death was confirmed on social media by his parents. The posting read:
“My brave boy has went with the angels today.
“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.”
Bradley underwent treatment and was in remission, but relapsed last year.
Well-wishers raised more than £700,000 in 2016 to pay for him to be given antibody treatment in New York, but medics then found his cancer had grown and his family was informed his illness was terminal.
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