Los Angeles - Ryan Reynolds has paid an emotional tribute to a young fan who died after a battle with cancer.
The Deadpool actor first met Connor McGrath and his family through the Make-A-Wish foundation three years ago and the pair became close friends before Connor tragically passed away earlier this week.
https://t.co/GgGRRSl6zV pic.twitter.com/Gl3drQL9nK— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) February 13, 2016
Paying tribute to his "great friend", Ryan wrote on Facebook: "For three straight years, my friend, Connor McGrath drop-kicked cancer... Not sure how... Maybe the cancer cheated... But the fight came to an end two nights ago.
"Connor was 13. But this kid... He was smart. He was funny. And not just funny 'for a kid' - or funny 'for a person battling something awful'. He was unqualified funny. He had that... thing.
"That thing you see in great performers or comedy writers. A running commentary/observational skill people are just lucky to be born with.
"He went way too early and it's impossible to reconcile. Connor was a great friend, a great son, and a light to the people lucky enough to know him. While repeatedly punching cancer in the balls, he made everyone laugh. Including the entire staff who cared for him at Edmonton's Stollery Children's Hospital.''
Ryan also revealed that Connor was the first person to see Deadpool after he surprised him with a rough cut of the movie before its release and Ryan, 39, believes his late friend embodied all of the best parts of the hilarious comic book character.
Click here to read the full tribute here.
(Photo: Facebook/Ryan Reynolds)
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