An Aquaman fan, who went viral in a video showing him unwrapping a figurine of his role model superhero prompting a surprise facetime call from Jason Momoa himself, has tragically passed away at the age of 8 due to his battle with cancer.
Danny Sheehan passed away at his home in Marshfield, Massachusetts, on Sunday after fighting with cancer for 4 years. He was battling with a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer called Pineoblastoma.
His parents, Dan and Natalie Sheehan announced his death on the family Facebook page.
“In the light of the moon, holding on to a good star, a painter of rainbows is now traveling across the night sky,” the post read. “Just after midnight, while in our arms, Danny took his last sweet small warm breaths and took flight. An Angel in Heaven. Instead of here on earth. Surreal and utter heartbreak can’t even begin to describe this feeling inside. But, I have to believe that what I whispered to him was true.
“Because moms don’t lie. When you wake up in Heaven, baby, you will be safe and happy, and cozy. You won’t be afraid. You will be with your brother. Watching over me and daddy and everyone. We will be so sad. But you can send us rainbows and butterflies and ladybugs to say hi.”
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Danny went viral in November last year after he was filmed unwrapping an Aquaman figurine that he had received from a Christmas photographer…
“Oh my gosh, my favorite one!” Sheehan shouted in the heartwarming clip. ‘”AQUAMAAAAAAAAAAN!!!”
And just as Danny thought his gift couldn’t get any better… It got better!!
Jason Momoa, who stars in Aquaman, decided to facetime Danny after hearing about and watching the video.
The actor selflessly offered to gift Danny one of his tridents, which he received just before he died. He also invited him to the production of Aquaman 2.
And when people paid tribute to the beautiful boy after his death, Momoa joined in.
He wrote on Instagram earlier this week: “I just found out this heartbreaking news. All my Aloha to this beautiful Ohana Love u baby boy rest in [peace]. You will live in my heart I dedicate Aquaman 2 to you Lil angel.”
And The Marshfield Police Department also paid tribute to the young boy, after making him an honorary police officer in 2019, uploading video footage to pay their respect.
“Once in a lifetime… If you’re lucky… you get to spend time with a ‘Danny Sheehan.’ We are amongst those lucky few,” the post read.
“Thanks, Danny, thanks Natalie and Dan for sharing your gift with us. Lots of tears today… but more laughs from memories of his crazy ( beyond his years) sense of humor, infectious smile, talent at flatulence he took such pride in, unsurpassed sweetness, and capacity to love that was… correction… IS… endless!
“You will never be forgotten. We LOVE you Danny… your brothers and sisters at MPD… We got it from here Officer Sheehan… Rest in Peace Our Beautiful Boy.”
“We are beyond thankful for our friends, family, and community, which have lifted us up over the past four years,” wrote Danny’s mom Natalie in a statement. “Our hope is that Danny will always be remembered, his name will continue to be spoken, and his laughter will forever echo in peoples’ minds.”
Rest in Peace, Danny.