Bills superfan 'Pancho Billa' passes away after battle with cancer

May 14, 2019 - 12:17 pm
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One of the most well-known Buffalo Bills superfan has passed away..

Ezra Castro, aka "Pancho Billa", died on Tuesday morning in Dallas, Texas after a long battle with cancer. He was 39-years-old.

The family of Castro announced the sad news on Twitter late Tuesday morning:

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

Castro was diagnosed with cancer back in November of 2017 when doctors found a cancerous tumor on his spine that had spread to his liver, lungs and lymph nodes. Last year at the NFL Draft in Dallas, Castro was called to the stage to make the announcement of the Bills' third round pick, which ended up being defensive tackle Harrison Phillips.  He was joined on stage by Bills' legends Andre Reed and Fred Jackson.

Bills owner Kim Pegula responded to the news of Castro's passing with this tweet:

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

Last month, Castro was given the honor of calling in the team’s first round pick, defensive tackle Ed Oliver of Houston, while on the phone with general manager Brandon Beane:

For our first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, we called in a special friend...@PanchoBilla1. ✊ #VivaLosBills pic.twitter.com/slHMj32881

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) April 26, 2019

We send our condolences to Ezra and his family.

Viva Los Bills.

RIP, Pancho. I will forever cherish the several times we were able to meet and talk. You are and will always be an inspiration, not just to Bills fans, but to people everywhere, for your strength and courage. #PanchoPower https://t.co/71Ym1S4cK3

— Sal Capaccio -- (@SalSports) May 14, 2019

Rest in paradise Pancho ❤️ #VivaLosBills

— Jordan poyer (@J_poyer21) May 14, 2019

Thank you #PanchoBilla , a true Rider and fighter for himself and for the #BuffaloBills organization. You Will forever be apart of 716, and the 716 will forever be apart of you. Rest Easy #Pancho The fight Continues #YouAlreadyShnow pic.twitter.com/frpmdZyuz9

— Dion Dawkins (@DDawkins66) May 14, 2019

#PanchoPower

— STVN (@StevieJohnson13) May 14, 2019

A Bills fan through-and-through, and an inspiration to us all.

Pancho Billa, we’ll miss you. #VivaLosBills #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/yUDafu7m4O

Pancho Billa, we’ll miss you. #VivaLosBills #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/yUDafu7m4O

A Bills fan through-and-through, and an inspiration to us all.

— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) May 14, 2019

Last year, Castro was a guest on Sal Capaccio's "SalSports....and Stuff" podcast, where he spoke about growing up a Bills fan in Texas, his life, and his love for the Bills and, most of all, his family.

You can listen to that interview below:

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