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Summary

  1. Six year-old Bradley Lowery dies after long illness
  2. Sunderland fan moved people across the world
  3. Became a mascot for SAFC and led England out
  4. Won BBC Match of the Day's Goal of the Month

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Our updates have finished on a sad day when "inspirational" Bradley Lowery passed away.

You can watch a video of his life below. Thank you for joining us.

Bradley Lowery loses 'inspirational' cancer battle

More players pay tribute to 'inspiration' Bradley Lowery

Sunderland full-back Bryan Oviedo says the players will remember Bradley forever:

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Aston Villa player Jack Grealish called Bradley "a true warrior".

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'Keeper Bradley scored against pays tribute to six-year-old

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was between the sticks in December when Bradley Lowery scored a penalty which went on to be named Match of the Day's goal of the month.

Now at Bournemouth, he's paid his own tribute:

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Speaking of that goal, you can see what the Match of the Day pundits made of it below:

Seriously ill Bradley wins goal of the month on Match of the Day

Applause rings out for Bradley

Durham and Lancaster fans have united for a minute's applause for Bradley Lowery at their match in the T20 Blast tonight:

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'Cancer has no colours. We stand together'

Chelsea have shared this video of Bradley meeting the squad at Sunderland's Stadium of Light last year:

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More tributes pour in from footballers

West Brom player Jake Livermore says Bradley Lowery "touched his heart":

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Arsenal forward Joel Campbell says Bradley was a "hero":

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Minute's applause for Bradley at the cricket tonight

There will also be a minute's applause ahead of Durham vs Lancaster in memory of Bradley Lowery today.

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Sports stars and fans pay tribute

Presenter and Newcastle United fan Lynsey Hipgrave tweeted her tribute to "brave boy" Bradley Lowery:

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And former Madrid and Bolton defender Ivan Campo said it was the "worst news":

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Chair of Neuroblastoma UK honours Bradley Lowery

The chair of Neuroblastoma UK has shared a statement following Bradley Lowery's death.

The six-year-old battled the disease since he was 18 months old.

Dr Guy Blanchard said he spoke on behalf of "all in the neuroblastoma community" when expressing his sadness over the news.

He added: "Bradley's story raised significant awareness of a disease that is responsible for one in six of all children's cancer deaths."

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Bradley Lowery's honour at Grand National remembered

Six-year-old Bradley Lowery was given honorary 41st place in the race card for the Grand National in April.

Aintree Racecourse have today shared their condolences after the boy's death.

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International news outlets pay tribute to Bradley Lowery

News organisations from across the world have reported on the death of six-year-old Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery.

Some of the countries the news has reached include Spain, France and Nigeria.

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Match of the Day pundit John Hartson pays tribute to Bradley Lowery

Match of the Day pundit and former footballer John Hartson has paid tribute to Bradley Lowery, who died today.

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Hartson survived after suffering testicular cancer which spread to his brain and lungs in 2009.

Match ticket sales donated to Bradley's charity

Bury Football Club will donate all the money from ticket sales for tonight's match against Sunderland to Bradley Lowery's charity.

The club earlier announced a minute's applause for the six-year-old is also expected to take place at the game.

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Bradley Lowery dies day after Defoe broke down

Bradley Lowery has passed away one day after his hero and "best friend" Jermain Defoe broke down while talking about the little boy.

The six-year-old and the ex-Sunderland player formed a close friendship when Bradley became a mascot for SAFC.

Bradley Lowery will always be in my heart - Defoe

John Terry pays tribute to Bradley

Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry posted this tribute:

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'I will miss you forever kiddo'

Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone has posted this on Instagram:

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It is like losing one of my family and from today I will have someone more to make proud anytime I step on to a football pitch.

I am sure god (will) have a place for you up there where you can spend amazing moments playing football without suffering anymore.

My prayers 🏻goes to all the family and people connected to @BradleysFight. I will miss you forever kiddo."

Bradley and Jermain: The friendship that captured a nation

Sunderland superfan Bradley Lowery and his hero Jermain Defoe became "best mates" as he battled neuroblastoma.

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Labour leader pays tribute to Bradley

Bradley Lowery's plight transcended football.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn writes:

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Bradley Lowery's goal of the month

Bradley Lowery did many unforgettable things throughout his life, including his Match of the Day goal of the month award back in December:

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Football clubs pay tribute to Bradley's 'brave battle'

Football clubs have put aside any rivalries to pay tribute to Sunderland fan Bradley.

Newcastle United tweeted:

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Across the border in Scotland, Hearts said:

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Local MPs share Bradley Lowery condolences

Local MPs have taken to Twitter to share their sadness over the death of six-year-old Bradley Lowery.

Among those who have expressed their condolences are Labour Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliott and Newcastle Central MP Chi Onwurah.

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Bradley Lowery: Pride of Britain

Bradley Lowery, who battled neuroblastoma since he was 18-months-old, was awarded a North East Pride of Britain Award for his bravery.

He was joined on stage by his mum and hero Jermain Defoe earlier this year.

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Tributes for Bradley Lowery from across the world

Thousands of tributes from across the world keep pouring in for Bradley Lowery on Twitter.

From sports starts to YouTubers, the Sunderland fan touched everyone's hearts.

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Everton pay their own tribute to Bradley

Everton Football Club, who hosted Bradley Lowery as a mascot and donated £200,000 to his appeal, have paid tribute to the young lad.

Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “One of football’s all-time greats. We are so privileged to have known him... and will always be proud that he chose us as his second club.

“We send our loving thoughts to his mam and dad and his family... plus those who were inspired by him throughout the world of football.

"Especially our friends the supporters, team and staff at Sunderland AFC. And of course his beloved Jermain. Respect!!

“Bradley Lowery. There's only one Bradley Lowery.”

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Football legends pay tribute to Bradley Lowery

Big names in the football world have expressed their condolences following Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery's passing:

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Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker met the six-year-old at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards last year:

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Sunderland AFC praise Bradley Lowery's 'indomitable spirit'

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Sunderland AFC have paid their respects to six-year-old fan Bradley Lowery, who passed away today.

In a statement, the club praised Bradley's "indomitable spirit, tremendous courage and beautiful smile" and called him an "inspiration".

The team says the little boy's "best friend" and former player Jermain Defoe is "naturally heartbroken", and highlighted how Bradley's courage "humbled" everyone.

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Bradley Lowery will always be in my heart - Defoe
Speaking on Thursday at his first media appearance as a Bournemouth player, Jermain Defoe says Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery - who has since died after a long illness - will "always be in my heart".

Bradley Lowery: A life to remember

Sunderland super-fan Bradley Lowery battled neuroblastoma since he was 18 months old.

Last year, more than £700,000 was raised by well-wishers to pay for him to be given antibody treatment in New York, but medics then found his cancer had grown and his illness was terminal.

During the last months of his life, the little boy had numerous memorable moments, such as being SAFC's mascot and becoming "best mates" with his hero, striker Jermain Defoe.

Bradley also led England out at Wembley for a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania, again with his best friend Jermain.

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Last year, Bradley was awarded Match of the Day's December goal of the month award after taking a penalty ahead of Sunderland's game against Chelsea.

Bradley Lowery's parents release statement

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Bradley Lowery's parents have announced the six-year-old's death in this heartbreaking Facebook post:

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Bradley Lowery loses 'inspirational' cancer battle
Bradley's football hero Jermain Defoe described him as an "inspirational young boy".
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BBC Sport pays tribute to young Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery, who has died aged six after a battle against neuroblastoma.

Bradley Lowery now 'with the angels', parents say

Six-year-old Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery has died.

Bradley battled with Neuroblastoma - a rare type of cancer - since he was 18 months old.

His parents have posted on Facebook that the little is now "with the angels" and that there are "no words" to describe their heartbreak.

Bradley passed away at 13:35 this afternoon.

Bradley and his mum
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Former NUFC coach denies sex offences

A former Newcastle United coach has denied 35 sexual offences dating back as far as 1973.

George Ormond, 61, pleaded not guilty via video link at Newcastle Crown Court to each of the charges which were said to relate to 18 victims.

He faces 33 counts of indecent assault, one of gross indecency with a child and a serious sex assault on a 15-year-old between 1973 and 1998.

The defendant was granted bail and will stand trial on 21 May.

Lee Fish, prosecuting, said: "There are 18 complainants and other witnesses who will be called to provide factual evidence."

Union leader demands same DUP deal for English regions

The leader of the country's biggest union will demand Theresa May gives the same deal to the English regions as she handed to Northern Ireland.

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey will speak at the Durham Miners' Gala this weekend alongside Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr McCluskey is accusing the Conservatives of "bunging" £1bn to the Democratic Unionist Party while insisting there was no money for schools, housing and "sprinklers in tower blocks" elsewhere.

Durham Miners' Gala
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An estimated 200,000 people are expected to attend the event, where Mr McCluskey will say he is pleased for Northern Ireland and its communities.

However, he is due to say "the Government can find money to invest in Northern Ireland, it must be found for all our nations and all our regions".

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