Ryan Reynolds Pays Tribute To Connor McGrath After Young ‘Deadpool’ Fan Dies Of Cancer
Ryan Reynolds is mourning the loss of Connor McGrath, a 13-year-old Deadpool fan who died of cancer earlier this week. The actor wrote a lengthy tribute on Facebook to the young boy, who he treated to the first-ever screening of the movie prior to its release.
“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 actor began his post. “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.”
Reynolds went on to express his sadness that McGrath “went way too early and it’s impossible to reconcile,” further describing the boy as “a great friend, a great son, and a light to the people lucky enough to know him.” Reynolds also thanked the Make-A-Wish Foundation for bringing McGrath into his life, adding, “Connor was the first person to see Deadpool. I traveled up to Edmonton, Alberta to surprise him with a rough cut of the film…. And I’d never felt luckier to get to be Wade Wilson.” The actor then joked, “Before you jump down my throat for showing a 13 year old an R-Rated film, please know this kid knew more swear words than a British chef.”
The actor noted that when he visited McGrath again six weeks after their first meeting, “I didn’t know if I was saying goodbye or see ya later. Sitting here now, I realize it was both.” Reynolds continued, “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.” The actor concluded, “See ya down the road, Bubba.”