We were all so very sad to see the passing yesterday of six year-old Bradley Lowery after his brave and courageous fight against the rare and debilitating cancer neuroblastoma disease.
His life ended yesterday a short while after he said his goodbyes to his best friend and soul mate Jermaine Defoe.
But it was all too much for Jermain who simply broke down later at his news conference.
Bradley has touched all our hearts as this young boy’s smile and thumbs up signs have lifted us all.
And this from a six year-old boy who was fighting adversity every single day of his life since he contacted the terrible disease eighteen months ago.
Bradley Lowery with his best friend Jermain Defoe
But we’re sure this brave little lad is in a better place now and he’ll still be able to watch Jermain play his football, even if it’s now for Bournemouth AFC and not for his favorite team Sunderland.
Bradley has shown us all that loving each other is so much better than the alternative and he has inspired us all with his humanity, tremendous spirit and bravery for one so very young.
Our sincere condolences go out to his parents, relatives and friends.
Rest in Peace Bradley – we all love you.
Bradley with Jermian at Wembley earlier this year
Tributes are puring in from all over the wolrd – here are some beautiful tweets from the Newcastle club and some of our former stars and local journalists.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family of Bradley Lowery and all who supported him throughout his brave battle. pic.twitter.com/8Zvt2AxYyx
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) July 7, 2017
Rest in peace Bradley Lowery. Such an inspiration to us all. @Bradleysfight
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 7, 2017
— Craig Johns (@craig_johns) July 7, 2017
— The Chronicle (@ChronicleLive) July 7, 2017
— Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) July 7, 2017
R.I.P Bradley https://t.co/PmFl4XEap8
— Mick Quinn (@mickquinn1089) July 7, 2017
— Peter Lovenkrands (@lovenkrands11) July 7, 2017
— Peter Ramage (@peterramage83) July 7, 2017
What a brave inspirational little boy. So sad. Thoughts with his family? https://t.co/7MJqcJwMKF
— Rob Elliot (@the_dilsh) July 7, 2017
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
#RIPBRADLEY you were an inspiration, I’m sure god will be waiting xx
— Steve Howey (@stevehowey624) July 7, 2017
Such a sad day. Bradley Lowery was an inspiration and a hero who united football in a way few can. Sending love to his family & friends.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) July 7, 2017