Ryan Reynolds appears on the 'Today' show on Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Ryan Reynolds appears on the 'Today' show on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Heidi Gutman/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Ryan Reynolds Shares Emotional Tribute After Young Deadpool Fan Dies of Cancer

Apr 29, 2016

Ryan Reynolds shared a post on Facebook Thursday honoring 13-year-old Connor McGrath, a young Deadpool fan who passed away on Tuesday night following a three-year battle with cancer. In the tribute, Reynolds explains that the duo met when the Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged for McGrath to be the first person to see Deadpool. Thanks to a shared sense of humor, they quickly became fast friends.

"I'm grateful I got to orbit Connor's world for a brief time," the actor wrote. "Grateful for the pages and pages of hilarious texts between us. Grateful to his parents for allowing Connor to spend time with a foul-mouthed child in the body of a 39 year old."

For three straight years, my friend, Connor McGrath drop-kicked cancer... Not sure how... Maybe the cancer cheated......

Posted by Ryan Reynolds on Thursday, April 28, 2016

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He closed the post by saying an emotional goodbye to his friend. "I called Connor, 'Bubba.' And he called me 'Bubba2,'" he said. "We met because he loved Deadpool. In a certain sense he WAS Deadpool. Or, at least everything Deadpool aspires to be; balancing pain, fearlessness, love and a filthy (filthy!) sense of humor in one body. I wish he could've stuck around a lot longer...See ya down the road, Bubba."

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