By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​Bradley Lowery's family confirmed the 6-year-old's passing on social media on Friday, sending shockwaves through the football community.

Lowery's mum Gemma took to Facebook to reveal the tragic passing of her son, whose fight had touched the hearts of millions worldwide.

With the breaking of this tragic news, many football fans, players and ex-pros took to social media to pay tribute to the young Sunderland fan, including Real Madrid star Sergio Ramos, showing a glimpse at the impact the young boy had on the football community.

Lowery was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a rare type of cancer, when he was just 18 months old, which sadly took over the young boy's life. 

However, Bradley had become not just a symbol for the fight against his illness, but a symbol of hope, strength and bravery in the face of what he had to go through, becoming the face of the Premier League and indeed the footballing world last season.

Lowery quickly became a popular figure after his appearance alongside Jermain Defoe earlier in the season, a player who he formed a very special bond with.

The two were near inseparable as Defoe continued to support and spend time with the young Sunderland fan, even walking out at Wembley with his new found "best mate".

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 26: Jermaine Defoe of England and England mascot Bradley Lowery line up prior to the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between England and Lithuania at Wembley Stadium on March 26, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

So naturally, the Bournemouth striker has been left heartbroken with the devastating news, yet to release anything regarding the situation on his social media.

Defoe's ex-club Sunderland released a ​statement on Friday, claiming: "Jermain, naturally, is heartbroken. Bradley’s story not only touched our club and our fans, but also the wider football community.

"Football can be a powerful force for good and our sport came together to embrace Bradley’s fight in a unique way."

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