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7 July 2017, 17:26
The six-year-old lost his battle with a rare type of terminal cancer today.
Six-year-old Bradley Lowery has passed away after a long battle with a rare type of terminal cancer, neuroblastoma.
His family revealed the devastating news today on their Facebook page announcing that he "went with the angels today" and that he was their "little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where".
The Sunderland Football Club fan's battle became high profile after he struck up an unlikely friendship with his football hero, striker Jermain Defoe.
Bradley was a mascot for his favourite sports club and Sunderland FC today released a statement on hearing the sad news which said: "Bradley captured the hearts and minds of everyone at our club."
"He had a special relationship with Jermain Defoe and their feelings for each other were evident for all to see. Jermain, naturally, is heartbroken.
"Bradley's story not only touched our club and our fans, but also the wider football community. Football can be a powerful force for good and our sport came together to embrace Bradley's fight in a unique way.
"We would like to extend our sincere thanks to every club and fan who supported Bradley in recent months and showed such warmth and kindness to the Lowerys - we are truly grateful."
They weren't the only people to give tribute to the brave little boy as kind words from high profile people in the sport and across the web flooded Twitter.
The official England football team Twitter page tweeted a lovely photo of Bradley in full England kit alongside a tweet which read "There's only one Bradley Lowery".
There's only one Bradley Lowery. pic.twitter.com/dzW6mB9lAN— England (@England) July 7, 2017
Football legend and pundit Gary Linekar also had some kind words to say about Bradley and praised his bravery in the fight against cancer.
Terribly sad to hear that little Bradley Lowery has passed away. A warrior and an inspiration to the end. RIP Bradley.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 7, 2017
Another footballing great, Alan Shearer, also gave tribute to the little lad who made a massive impression of the hearts of the sporting world in his fight against his illness.
So sorry that little @Bradleysfight has passed away. An inspirational life cut way too short. Thoughts with his amazing family & friends RIP— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) July 7, 2017
We're certain more tributes will flood the web as more people hear the sad news. An amazing life cut far too short.