By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Buffalo Bills Superfan Pancho Billa has died. He had been battling cancer.
Pancho Billa’s real name is Ezra Castro. He died on Tuesday morning at the age of 39.
“We are thankful and forever grateful for all the love and support during this journey,” the family said in a Twitter statement. “Ezra was surrounded by family and loved ones. At this time we ask for privacy as we mourn our loss.”
He was a patient at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital in Dallas, Texas. The Lone Star native helped call in the 2019 first-round pick.
Ed Oliver — who was the ninth overall pick by the Bills — went to visit Castro in recent days. The Bills Mafia also urged the team to sign Castro through an online petition in recent days.
His wife Veronica announced on Monday that he was having difficulty breathing and started getting more anxiety/panic attacks. The post said that doctors suggested a continuous drip of medication to keep him comfortable.
He was unable to communicate.
“We remain hopeful and continue praying for a miracle and we ask for everyone to do the same,” the statement said on Monday. “Please remember that Ezra loved all of you very much and appreciated everything you’ve done for him and our family.”
Kim Pegula, part of the Bills ownership group with her husband Tom, also made a statement.
“Pancho was a pillar of positive strength and energy for me and all of #BillsMafia,” she said on Twitter. “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!”