Sunday, 16 October 2011
Tribute to little Jack – hero of Prem stars
HE was the brave little lad who planted a kiss on Wayne Rooney's head.
And yesterday, as tributes poured in for six-year-old Jack Marshall — who has died from a brain tumour — the Man Utd star was one of a host of Twitter followers to send his condolences.
Reds fan Jack visited the team's training ground in April and told the footballer: "I'd like to kiss you, Wayne. I think you are the best footballer in the world."
Defender Rio Ferdinand had organised the trip for the boy and his parents, Tracey and Craig, after hearing about his plight. Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumour when he was just four.
The news of his tragic death on Thursday was announced on Twitter.
The message from his parents said: "Covered in his beloved Man Utd blanket and snuggled in Tracey's arms, Jack decided that in true Manchester United fashion 'he'd do what he wants' for the final time and passed away peacefully with us, his family, at his side... We are all devastated, but take comfort in the fact that Jack lived life to the full right up to the very end."
During his treatment he endured a major op and gruelling bouts of chemo and radiotherapy without complaint.
Last night dad Craig, from Scunthorpe, said: "The way Jack dealt with his disease and smiled and just carried on with everything inspired everybody who met him."
@JackWilshere: Sad day, privileged to have known little @Jack_Marshall_ thoughts with his family, will be missed by so many!
@ColeenRoo: Good night godbless. My thoughts and prayers are with all family and friends.
@WayneRooney: So sorry for the loss of little jack. He really touched me and my deepest sympathy is with u all. RIP jack. A true hero.
@rioferdy5: So sorry to hear he passed away, brave kid.
@serenawilliams: I am so happy I met you. Today is sad for me. You were a brave kid. I love u always.
By kate Jackson The Sun
Posted by Tracey J Marshall at 15:59