By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​Hibernian and Sunderland fans stood up and sang in memory of Black Cats fan Bradley Lowery at Easter Road on Sunday.

Bradley passed away aged six on Friday after a battle with neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer most common in babies and the third most common cancer in children after leukemia and brain cancer.

Bradley became the club's mascot and struck up a close friendship with former Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who penned his own emotive tribute to the child in a Twitter post.

In the sixth minute of the pre-season friendly in Scotland, both sets of fans sang chants about Bradley, with Hibernian saying it was "beautifully observed" by all supporters in the ground.

Sunderland released a ​statement on Friday, saying: "Bradley captured the hearts and minds of everyone at our club with his indomitable spirit, tremendous courage and beautiful smile, which could light up even the darkest of rooms. Despite battling neuroblastoma for much of his all too short life, he demonstrated a bravery and fortitude beyond his years that humbled us all. He was truly an inspiration.

"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. 

"We would like to extend our sincere thanks to every club and fan who supported Bradley in recent months and showed such warmth and kindness to the Lowery’s - we are truly grateful."


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