Buffalo Bills super-fan Pancho Billa has died.
Billa, whose real name was Ezra Castro, had been battling cancer.
On Tuesday morning, it was announced on his Twitter account that Castro had died.
Our hearts broken as we have lost our dear brother ezra “Pancho Billa” this morning. We are thankful and forever grateful for all the love and support during this journey. Ezra was surrounded by family and loved ones. At this time we ask for privacy as we mourn our loss.— Pancho Billa (@PanchoBilla1) May 14, 2019
Pancho Billa, the upbeat and resilient masked man who the @BuffaloBills organization and #BillsMafia rallied behind, has died after a prolonged battle with cancer. We came to know Ezra Castro through the years and with great sadness, we say #RIPPancho #PanchoPower #VivaLosBills pic.twitter.com/2ZFsD0vfmv— News 4, WIVB-TV (@news4buffalo) May 14, 2019
Kim Pegula released a statement on Castro’s death:
Pancho was a pillar of positive strength and energy for me and all of #BillsMafia. He’s been a tremendous inspiration for our team. I was fortunate enough to spend time with him and get to know his story. My heart goes out to his children, friends and family. Viva Los Bills! pic.twitter.com/UFBVMjMWDd— Kim Pegula (@KimPegula) May 14, 2019
Others have also reacted to the death of the Bills super-fan:
There’s a whole lot of sadness today – but also a whole lot of joy in remembering @PanchoBilla1’s vivacious life. He put a smile on the face of anyone he talked to.#VivaLosBills – may his spirit live on in the hearts of #BillsMafia forever pic.twitter.com/lORgNbAYUA— Jenna Harner (@JennaHarner4) May 14, 2019
The first time I called Pancho for an interview, he had just left chemo. I could tell he wasn’t feeling great (I was shocked he answered the phone). I told him to call me back another time. He said he’d always answer for a 716 number, and wanted to do the interview right then RIP https://t.co/Hwo1YyI1hD— Kelsey Anderson (@4KelseyAnderson) May 14, 2019