Ryan Reynolds honored his fallen friend — a 13-year-old boy named Connor McGrath, who unfortunately lost his battle with cancer — with a Facebook tribute.
“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,” the Deadpool actor wrote.
“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 explained about his late friend.
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Ryan continued, “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.”
The actor added, “I'm grateful I got to orbit Connor's world for a brief time. [I’m] 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.”
The father-of-one continued his emotional tribute, writing, “I called Connor, ‘Bubba.’ And he called me ‘Bubba 2.' 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. My deepest condolences and thanks to Kim, Gerald and the entire clan McGrath — who loved this little boy so very well. And thankfully, Connor knew it.
He concluded, “See [you] down the road, Bubba.”