Brave Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery has died at the age of six after a fight against neuroblastoma, his family has confirmed.
Bradley touched football fans across the world after repeatedly appearing as a mascot for Sunderland during the 2016-17 season.
He formed a remarkably close bond with striker Jermain Defoe, with the England international regularly visiting Bradley and his family, both at home and in hospital.
His family confirmed the tragic news on Friday. Bradley was “surrounded by family” when he died, they said.