Unofficial New England Patriots mascot Sam Berns died Friday, a day before he was scheduled to lead the football giants to victory as the honorary team captain.
According to the Daily Mail, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who befriended Sam in recent months, said he “loved Same Berns” and is “richer” for having known the teen, who suffered from a rare disease called progeria, a fatal illness that spurs aging in children.
The math whiz was known for his spunk and outspokenness regarding his disease and search for a cure.
ABC News has followed Sam’s story for months and recently created a tribute for the young man.
Fans of the Sam left heartwarming comments on the video.
“In his short time, Sam inspired me to continue to shine my light no matter who may try to dim it, or which situations may attempt it,” said Jamie Leigh Thursday.
Another YouTube user was sad to see Sam go.
“Poor boy, I feel sorry about him. I hope he’s now better wherever he is,” said “didas542.”
Another user attributed recent New England wins to Sam.
“Rest in Peace buddy. Pats and Bruins won it for you last night,” said “sggribb briggy.”