May 01, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) An 8-year-old Indiana boy who befriended his basketball and football heroes during a years-long fight with leukemia has died.

Brody Stephens' father tells the Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/2nPK0S6 ) his son died Saturday of a viral complication.

Brody was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia as an infant. He fought it off, but cancer returned in 2015.

As he underwent hospitalizations and a bone marrow transplant, Brody was visited by his heroes, including Golden State's Stephen Curry and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, tight end Jack Doyle and coach Chuck Pagano.

Golden State flew Brody to California last month to serve as ball boy, attend the team's shoot-around and Coach Steve Kerr's pre-game press conference.

Brody's father, Jason Stephens, says his son was a ''very special kid that inspired everyone that knew him.''

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