Jason Momoa is honouring a young fan who has died from brain cancer at the age of 8.
Danny Sheehan, who bonded with the Aquaman star after video chatting with him last year and receiving a trident from him, just like the one in the movie, passed away on Sunday.
“Just after midnight, while in our arms, Danny took his last sweet small warm breaths and took flight,” his parents, Daniel and Natalie, shared on Facebook.
“An Angel in Heaven. Instead of here on Earth. Surreal and utter heartbreak can’t even begin to describe this feeling inside.”
In an Instagram post, Jason offered his condolences to the family and dedicated his upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom film to Danny:
“I just found out this heartbreaking news,” he begins, sharing a mural of himself and Danny painted on a wall at the Boys and Girls Club of Marshfield.
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“All my Aloha to this beautiful Ohana. Love u baby boy, rest in peace. You will live in my heart. I dedicate Aquaman 2 to you lil angel.”
He ended his message with “Aloha, UNKO Aquaman.”
Danny was diagnosed in 2017 with Pineoblastoma, a rare and aggressive type of cancer that begins in the cells of the brain’s pineal gland, as well as Leptomeningeal disease, which is a cancer in the cerebral spinal fluid.
Like many brain cancers, the survival rates are extremely poor – according to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the overall 5-year survival rate for kids with Pineoblastoma is about 60 to 65%.
The world fell in love with Danny last year after a video of him receiving an Aquaman toy went viral. It was this very video which prompted the real-life Aquaman to connect with him.
Rest in peace sweet Danny.
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