The city of Buffalo was struck with heartbreaking news this morning. Bills superfan Ezra Castro, who also goes by “Pancho Billa,” has unfortunately passed away at the age of 39.
Castro has dealt with stage four cancer since 2017. However, it didn’t prevent him from becoming an inspiring figure for Bills fans everywhere.
During the 2018 NFL Draft, the Bills had “Pancho Billa” on stage to announce their selection of Harrison Phillips in the third round.
Over the course of his time cheering on the Bills, Castro developed strong bonds with several players. Former stars, such as Fred Jackson and Andre Reed, shared kind messages on social media for the most beloved fan in Buffalo.
The Bills released a heartfelt video on Twitter to honor “Pancho Billa.”
A Bills fan through-and-through, and an inspiration to us all.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) May 14, 2019
The Bills have arguably the most passionate fans in the entire NFL, and yet “Pancho Billa” had a way of standing out from the group.
His contributions to the team will not be forgotten by the team’s executives, as co-owner Kim Pegula addressed the sad news. “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,” she wrote on Twitter.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Castro’s family and friends.