The moving sound of applause rang out before the Bury v Sunderland match this evening as thousands of fans paid tribute to six-year-old Bradley Lowery who died this afternoon.
The schoolboy passed away in his parents' arms today after battling a rare form of childhood cancer neuroblastoma.
In his short life, the Sunderland fan earned the love and admiration of millions worldwide and raised more than £1million through his Bradley's Fight charity.
His bereft mother Gemma revealed on Bradley's Facebook page that her son had died at 1.35pm, writing: 'My brave boy has went with the angels today, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family. He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where.
'There are no words to describe how heart broken we are. Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words. Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angels'.
His fundraising and courageous fight won him many fans around the world and he enjoyed a close bond with England and ex-Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, who called Bradley his 'best mate' and is 'heartbroken' today.