Bradley Lowery (aged 6) has passed away following his long and tragic battle against cancer. The young boy made famous by his heartwarming relationship with his idol, at the time Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe (now Bournemouth), captured the heart of football fans all over the country. The boys family left a statement following the news, reading:
“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 elsewhere.
“There are no words to describe how heartbroken we are. Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words. Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels.”
Following previous news that Bradley had became unresponsive in hospital, Jermain Defoe was questioned about the subject in a press conference, where he wiped away tears before giving a heartfelt statement on the news.
“He will always be in my heart for the rest of my life,” said an evidently distraught Defoe, going on to say, “We are there for the family, even going forward. It is difficult. It puts stuff into perspective.
“There is not a day that goes past where I do not wake up in the morning and check my phone or think about little Bradley because his love is genuine and I can see it in his eyes. It is special.”
Bradley had been diagnosed with the rare cancer Neuroblastoma at 18 months and had beat it, but it returned this time last year and it was clear the boy was struggling since.
On a positive note however, the friendship between young Bradley and the footballer in Defoe’s words will “be in his heart for the rest of his life”.
From everyone at pitchside, we wish his family the best.