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Media caption‘Inspirational’ Bradley Lowery loses cancer battle
Six-year-old Bradley Lowery, whose plight touched the lives of many people, has died after a long illness.
The Sunderland fan was diagnosed with neuroblastoma – a rare type of cancer – when he was 18 months old.
Bradley went on to be the club’s mascot and became “best mates” with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe.
A minute’s applause for the youngster took place just before the kick-off in the club’s friendly against Bury at Gigg Lane.
Read more here about tributes and reaction to Bradley’s death . Image caption Players from both teams, as well as the crowd at Gigg Lane, applauded the memory of the youngster Image caption Bradley’s mum Gemma Lowery had previously said his deterioration had been “heartbreaking” Image caption Bradley was a mascot for England when they played Lithuania in March Image caption Bradley walked down the red carpet at the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year in 2016 Image caption Bradley with his dad Carl at the match between Everton and Sunderland Image caption Bradley became firm friends with his hero Jermain Defoe Image caption Bradley got to try out the weighing scales at Aintree – coming in at 2st 12.5 lb( 18.37 kg)