The six-year-old’s fight against the rare form of cancer has captured the hearts of the nation over the last year.‘Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels.’
Bradley Lowery has died following his battle with neuroblastoma, his family have revealed.
Writing on Facebook, 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.
Bradley featured regularly as 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.
Speaking earlier this week, Defoe said: ‘He will always be in my heart for the rest of my life.
‘There isn’t a day that goes past when I don’t wake up and check my phone or think about little Bradley.
‘His love is genuine and I can see it in his eyes when he looks at me.’
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