Ryan Reynolds has written a touching tribute to Connor McGrath, a cancer patient who died earlier this week. The pair met earlier this year through the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant Connor's wish of seeing the film Deadpool, in which Ryan plays the title role, before its official release.
Posting on Facebook, the 39-year-old wrote a heart-warming tribute to the late teen, praising his wit, his bravery and sharing some of their experiences together. He 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.
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Ryan shared photos of his time with Connor
"That thing you see in great performers or comedy writers. A running commentary/observational skill people are just lucky to be born with."
Ryan then joked about letting the 13-year-old watch an 18 certificate film, joking: "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.
"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 humour in one body. I wish he could've stuck around a lot longer."
Ryan praised the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The star, who is currently expecting his second child with wife Blake Lively, then went on to praise the Make-A-Wish foundation and encourage donations, saying: "It was the Make-A-Wish Foundation that brought us together.
I can't thank them enough. Seriously. Thank you… If you'd like to donate to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, I can pretty much guarantee, your money's going to a damn good place. These people do not suck. They are heroic. Full stop."