Ryan Reynolds has written a moving dedication to Connor McGrath, a 13-year-old Deadpool fan who died this week in Edmonton, Canada after battling cancer for three years.
The two met in February, brought together by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, when Reynolds traveled to Edmonton to surprise McGrath with a rough cut of Deadpool.
“Because of his wish, Connor was the first person to see Deadpool,” Reynolds wrote in a Facebook post. “I traveled up to Edmonton, Alberta to surprise him with a rough cut of the film. There were still huge sections with wires we hadn’t yet painted out, jokes which weren’t working (and still aren’t) and green screens. Connor didn’t seem to mind. And I’d never felt luckier to get to be Wade Wilson.”
Defending his choice to show a 13-year-old an R-rated film, Reynolds said McGrath “knew more swear words than a British chef.” During his visit in February, Reynolds wrote in a Facebook post that McGrath was “quite possibly the biggest Deadpool fan on earth.”
“We met because he loved Deadpool,” Reynolds wrote. “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.”
Read the tribute below.