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Actor Ryan Reynolds wrote a heartfelt tribute to a special friend he made during the run-up to the release of his Deadpool superhero movie.

"It was the Make-A-Wish Foundation that brought us together," Reynolds wrote of 13-year-old Connor McGrath, who was fighting cancer.

"Because of his wish, Connor was the first person to see Deadpool. I traveled up to Edmonton, Alberta to surprise him with a rough cut of the film."

The experience bonded the two together, and they stayed in touch via "pages and pages of hilarious texts."

When Reynolds traveled back six weeks later, he realized things weren't going well for Connor.

"After my visit, I didn't know if I was saying goodbye or see ya later. Sitting here now, I realize it was both."

Reynolds praised Connor's sophisticated sense of humor and compared him to the superhero he loved and whom Reynolds portrayed on the big screen.

“In a certain sense he WAS Deadpool. Or, at least everything Deadpool aspires to be; balancing pain, fearlessness, love and a filthy (filthy!) sense of humor in one body. I wish he could’ve stuck around a lot longer.”

Read the full eulogy above. Trust us, it's worth it.

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