Bradley Lowery, the young Sunderland fanatic, has tragically passed away.
The young football fan from County Durham was diagnosed with stage 4 high risk Neuroblastoma in January 2013.
His mother Gemma had previously posted that her son’s cancer was progressing quicker than first thought, even sharing an MRI scan to social media showing the cancer’s attack on Bradley.
The family notified the public via social media as they have done throughout Bradley’s brave battle against his illness:
In a statement on Facebook his mother 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 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.
On the 1st July, Bradley’s family informed people that the youngster ‘insisted on having a party’ as a way to say goodbye to his cousins, girlfriend Poppy and best friend Jermaine Defoe.
His condition was said to be deteriorating with a Facebook post from the family stating he was ‘very weak and finding breathing difficult’.
His mother Gemma said that despite knowing that this was coming, the family were ‘heartbroken beyond words’.
Days later, Bradley’s Facebook page posted another update to say despite deteriorating, he ‘was fighting to stay with us’.
The tragic news will undoubtedly affect those who have been following Bradley’s story.
The incredibly brave, football-mad youngster touched the hearts of millions of people in his short life.
Our thoughts go out to the Lowery family at this incredibly difficult time.