Ryan Reynolds is mourning the loss of “one of the bravest people” he has ever met.
Reynolds, 46, paid tribute to Jay Fear, the Wrexham superfan whose last wish was to meet him, in a series of Instagram Stories on Thursday following Fear’s death.
“Rip Jay Fear. One of the bravest, kindest, most generous people I’ve ever met,” the Wrexham co-owner wrote in his first post.
In a second slide, Reynolds shared a thoughtful message to Fear’s kids, Sam and Jess. “Thank you for sharing your dad with me,” he wrote in a post.
“I know how inadequate words must be given at your tremendous loss. Sending you all our love from my family, Wrexham and beyond. I loved every second I spent with Jay.”
Fear had terminal appendix cancer and met Reynolds in April at Wrexham Racecourse as his dying wish, the BBC reported.
After the 20-minute reunion, Reynolds told the BBC: “It was amazing meeting Jay. He’s an exceptional person and his family is wonderful.”
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Reynolds said the reunion left him “a bit overwhelmed” after spending time with the family and seeing “how much he’s going to miss his kids and his wife,” Reynolds added, emotionally.
Fear spoke to BBC 5 Live Sunday breakfast after meeting his idol. He said: “They always say you should never meet your idol and this guy is definitely an exception to that. He made me feel welcome and spent time with [my] wife and children too.”
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“People might think this was all about me,” Fear continued. “In fact, it’s for [my family] because they are the ones who are going to remember what happened for the rest of their lives.
“I just hope it’s an essential memory that they will never forget,” he added.
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Reynolds and McElhenney bought the Welsh football team in 2021. Although Wrexham is in Wales, the team plays in the English football league.
Following their recent promotion, the club will compete in League 2, the fourth and lowest tier of the English professional football system.
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