'How can he be dead?': Bradley Lowery's heartbroken friend, 8, who battled cancer alongside him asks

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A heartbroken eight-year-old girl who became friends with Bradley Lowery as they together battled cancer asked: “how can he be dead? He is only six.”

Brooklyn Hutchinson grew close to the youngster while they underwent rounds of gruelling chemotherapy, and were often seen holding hands.

She is now in remission, but her best friend Lowery, whose cancer battle captured the nation’s heart, died in his parents’ arms on Friday.

The girl’s mum Joanne told how the youngster was left devastated after learning her friend has passed away so young.

She told the Mirror: “It was heartbreaking to watch. She asked me, ‘How can Bradley be dead? He’s only six.

“They loved to play together on the ward and used to take themselves off to the arts and crafts room.”

“It looked like any other pair of kids enjoying themselves in school. Sometimes when they played and laughed together you forgot what they were going through.”


Football star Jermain Defoe with terminally-ill mascot Bradley Lowery. (PA)

The youngsters’ friendship began while they both received treatment in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

Brave Brooklyn was diagnosed with kidney cancer in August 2015 and lost the use of her legs and arms temporarily while undergoing chemotherapy.

She was given the all-clear in January 2016, but six months later a second tumour in her right lung was found.

After having half her lung removed this year, she is now again in remission.

Six-year-old Bradley died after a long battle with childhood cancer neuroblastoma on Friday afternoon.

The football mascot, who befriended football star Jermain Defoe, died surrounded by his relatives at 1.35pm.

In a heartbreaking tribute to the young boy, the footballer described him as his “best friend.”

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