A brave young boy from Belfast Oscar Knox who was battling cancer, has sadly died today at the age of five.
His family confirmed the heart-breaking news this morning.
The Northern Ireland public had taken ‘Wee Oscar’ to their hearts after being touched by his battle with neuroblastoma since the age of two.
His dad Stephen and mum Leona announced his passing on Twitter this morning:
Oscar’s funeral will take place at 11am on Sunday at St Bernard’s Church in Glengormley, Co Antrim.
Oscar’s parent’s who issued a statement this afternoon, have said: “It is with heartbreaking sadness that we wish to share the news that our beautiful amazing and much loved son Oscar James Knox, born on 10 September 2008, has gained his angel wings.
“Oscar has brought unimaginable joy to our family with his smile and his infectious personality. Our little superhero achieved so much in his short life and inspired so many people throughout the world to do so many amazing things, something we are incredibly proud of.
“We wish to take this opportunity once again to thank all of Oscar’s followers the world over for everything they have done for us and for the wonderful kindness and generosity that has been shown.
“We also want to thank the teams at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and NI Children’s Hospice whose kindness and compassion has been nothing short of amazing. Nothing can ever take the pain away but knowing we were supported so much and that Oscar was loved so much, brings great comfort.
“This is a heartbreaking time for us and we would respectfully ask for privacy in the coming days.
Oscar’s wake will be strictly private. However close personal friends of Stephen and Leona and immediate family are welcome to visit Oscar at the NI Children’s Hospice on Friday 9th May between 6pm and 8pm and Saturday 10th May between 2pm and 4pm and between 6pm and 8pm.
“A Mass of the Angels in celebration of Oscar’s life will be held at St Bernard’s Church, Glengormley on Sunday 11th May at 11am. We welcome friends, family and supporters of Oscar to join us in procession from the NI Children’s Hospice at 10.15am on 11th May and onwards to St Bernard’s Church for the Mass of the Angels.
“Bright colours including all sports and team colours are welcome”.