Whether he’s Tweeting ridiculously hilarious things about his baby daughter or winning everyone over with his charm on the red carpet, it’s impossible not to love homegrown hottie Ryan Reynolds.
Most recently, the Canadian actor posted a moving and beautiful tribute to his friend – thirteen-year-old Connor McGrath from Newfoundland – who just lost his battle with a rare form of leukemia after fighting it for years. He passed away this week in Edmonton.
While McGrath was receiving treatment, he befriended the “Deadpool” actor (as facilitated by the Make-A-Wish foundation) and the two became quick friends. From the sounds of it, the two shared both jokes and an unlikely bond that began with McGrath’s love for “Deadpool.” Reynolds helped fundraise for McGrath’s treatment and have him a special screening of his latest Marvel film before anyone else could see it.
Reynolds called McGrath “unqualified funny,” and referred to him as “Bubba” (Reynolds was Bubba2).
“Maybe the cancer cheated,” Reynolds wrote on Facebook yesterday.
“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.”
“We met because he loved Deadpool. In a certain sense he WAS Deadpool,” Reynolds wrote. “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.”
Reynolds said he was glad he “got to orbit Connor’s world for a brief time.”
“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,” Reynolds wrote.
He then urged fans to support the Make-A-Wish foundation.