‘Our son has gained his angel wings’

Brave Oscar Knox
Brave Oscar Knox

A 5-year-old Ulster boy who lost his battle with cancer has now “gained his angel wings” his parents said today.

Oscar Knox, who was five, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in 2011. The Co Antrim boy’s brave fight against the disease was shared by his parents, Stephen and Leona, on Twitter and he soon became an online phenomenon.

They announced this morning, May 9, on Twitter that Oscar had died on Thursday.

“It is with heartbreaking sadness that we wish to share the news that our beautiful amazing and much loved son Oscar James Knox, born on 10 September 2008, has gained his angel wings,” they said in a statement.

“Oscar has brought unimaginable joy to our family with his smile and his infectious personality. Our little superhero achieved so much in his short life and inspired so many people throughout the world to do so many amazing things, something we are incredibly proud of.

“We wish to take this opportunity once again to thank all of Oscar’s followers the world over for everything they have done for us and for the wonderful kindness and generosity that has been shown. We also want to thank the teams at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and NI Children’s Hospice whose kindness and compassion has been nothing short of amazing. Nothing can ever take the pain away but knowing we were supported so much and that Oscar was loved so much, brings great comfort.”

They said it was “a heartbreaking time” and asked for strict privacy.

A “Mass of the Angels” in celebration of Oscar’s life will be held at St Bernard’s Church, Glengormley on Sunday 11th May at 11am.

“We welcome friends, family and supporters of Oscar to join us in procession from the NI Children’s Hospice at 10.15am on 11th May and onwards to St Bernard’s Church for the Mass of the Angels,” the couple said.

“Bright colours including all sports and team colours are welcome.”

Oscars’ parents asked that any donations be made in lieu of flowers or toys, saying they will be shared between the NI Children’s Hospice and the Haematology Unit at The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

Donations can be made via a dedicated JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/oscarknox.

A donation of £5 can also be made by texting KNOX55 £5 to 70070.