Brave little Bradley Lowery has lost the battle to neuroblastoma – a type of cancer that forms in certain types of nerve tissue. The 5-year-old old Sunderland.
In her Facebook post, his mother Gemma Lowery said:
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.
Bradley before his demise was a mascot for his favourite football team, Sunderland, over the last year and struck up a close friendship with striker Jermain Defoe.
He was also a mascot for the England team, and fans of other clubs regularly chanted his name and held banners in support of Bradley.
His family held a huge birthday party in May that was attended by Defoe and Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
All at Chelsea are deeply saddened to learn of Bradley Lowery's passing. He touched all of us with his bravery and winning smile. pic.twitter.com/aZneoHlFBf
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 7, 2017
— Premier League (@premierleague) July 7, 2017