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Patriots issue statement mourning passing of 10-year-old Tom Brady fan

The New England Patriots on Tuesday issued a statement in memory of Logan Schoenhardt, a young fan whose passion for the team and football proved inspirational for Tom Brady when the two met in December.

Schoenhardt was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 3 and underwent grueling treatments over the next six years.

But after a lengthy and brave battle, Logan sadly passed away Monday night. He was 10 years old.

“We are so saddened to hear the news of Logan’s passing,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said in the statement, via ESPN. “We have met some great fans over the years, but none that could rival Logan’s passion for the Patriots and his love for Tom Brady. It was great to meet Logan and make him our honorary captain for our game against the Rams. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jo, Matt and Keara and all those who are mourning Logan’s loss.”

After receiving a video tribute from Brady last March, Logan got to meet his hero at Gillette Stadium during thee weekend of the Patriots’ Dec. 4 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

“He is a special young man. Just to have a chance to know his story has been very humbling and certainly gives me a lot of perspective, and certainly all of us a lot of perspective on the very difficult challenges a lot of families face, and certainly that he has faced,” Brady said of meeting Logan.

“It’s very tough circumstances, but he has showed a lot of courage under some very trying circumstances, so it was great to get to meet him. He’s a sweet young boy.”