Bills owner pays tribute to superfan ‘Pancho Billa’ upon his passing
Buffalo Bills superfan Ezra Castro, better known as “Pancho Billa,” passed away Tuesday at the tragically young age of 39, and one the team’s principal owners posted a fitting tribute to the man on social media.
Kim Pegula shared a photo on Twitter in which she is posing alongside Castro. In the tweet, Pegula hailed Castro as a “pillar of positive strength and energy” for the Bills organization and its fans.
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
The Bills also posted a handful of tweets to honor Castro, even pinning a video to the top of their timeline as well as sharing retweets from Bills players and luminaries.
An inspiration to us all.— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) May 14, 2019
Pancho Billa, you will forever be a part of the Buffalo Bills. #VivaLosBills #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/2xS4AxkEHR
A Bills fan through-and-through, and an inspiration to us all.— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) May 14, 2019
Pancho Billa, we’ll miss you. #VivaLosBills #BillsMafia pic.twitter.com/yUDafu7m4O
Castro’s family announced his passing in a tweet posted Tuesday morning. They ask for privacy at this difficult time.
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
The heartfelt manner in which the Bills treated the news of Castro’s passing without question illustrates his profound influence and how much he will be missed by the organization, not to mention the team’s fans, who are among the most passionate and loyal fan bases in the NFL.