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Jason Momoa Pays Tribute After Young Aquaman Fan He Touchingly Met With During Cancer Battle Dies At 8

DC's movie universe has had its share of hits and misses but one of the biggest hits, perhaps surprisingly, has been Aquaman. Jason Momoa's aquatic adventure is one of the highest-grossing movies in the franchise and a sequel is on the way. Unfortunately, one of Aquaman's biggest fans won't be able to see it. An 8-year-old boy named Danny Sheehan whose love for Aquaman was so great he spoke to Momoa, has passed away after a battle with cancer. And now Aquaman himself has dedicated the new film in his honor.

Danny Sheehan of Marshfield, Massachusetts had been battling pineoblastoma, a rare brain cancer, since early 2017. It was while taking pictures of the boy last year that his love for Aquaman was discovered, and it was noticed by Jason Momoa, who then had a video chat with the kid so he could actually talk to Aquaman. When Momoa learned of Sheehan's death, which happened in the early hours of Sunday morning, he posted a touching tribute.

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Jason Momoa's tribute to Danny Sheehan includes a mural that was created by a local Boys & Girls Club and it turns the young boy into Aqualad standing next to Momoa's Aquaman. In the post, the actor dedicates the upcoming Aquaman sequel to Sheehan, saying...

I just found out this heartbreaking news. All my Aloha to this beautiful Ohana Love u baby boy rest in piece You will live in my heart I dedicate aquaman 2 to you lil angel Aloha UNKO Aquaman

It's heartbreaking when a young child dies, but there's maybe a silver lining when you see somebody like Jason Momoa takes the time to meet him and make him feel good. It's something special that can sometimes give them extra strength at a time when they really need it. We've seen many instances like this over the years where fans who are dying see their stories go viral and they're shown movies early or get a chance to talk to their heroes. It's wonderful to see, but at the same time, it's bittersweet because we know these opportunities are arriving because the time for them to happen is so limited.

Jason Momoa shared some of his chat with Danny Sheehan back when it happened, check it out below.

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The dedication of Aquaman And the Lost Kingdom won't be the only way that Danny Sheehan is remembered. In addition to the Aquaman mural, a room is being dedicated in Danny's honor at Tommy's Place, a vacation home for kids fighting caner. The room will be decorated with various elements that the young boy loved, including, of course, Aquaman.

Dirk Libbey

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