Ryan Reynolds is mourning the loss of a fan who had a serious impact on him.
THE dead Pool The 46-year-old actor posted an Instagram tribute to Jay Fear, the 45-year-old Wrexham fan with terminal appendix cancer, whose dying wish was to meet the actor.
“So grateful to have spent time with Jay Fear. He didn’t have much left. The fact that he shared that time so freely with others is something I will never take for granted and never I will never forget. This man lived my love, respect and condolences to Deb, Jess and Sam,” the father of four wrote in the Instagram post.
Reynolds also shared a few words about the superfan via Instagram story.
“Rip Jay Fear. One of the bravest, kindest, most generous people I’ve ever met,” said the Just friends star wrote.
“Thank you for sharing your father with me,” he continued. “I know how inadequate words must be given to your huge loss. Sending you all our love from my family, from Wrexham and beyond. I loved every second I spent with Jay.”
In April, the BBC reported that Fear had become a huge fan of the football club while undergoing treatment for cancer and watching Reynolds’ documentary series, Welcome to Wrexham. Reynolds and his actor friend Rob McElhenney bought the Welsh football team in 2021, which plays in the English football league. The team recently won promotion to the league.
Fear’s dying wish was to see Wrexham AFC play and meet the Fiery actor. Fear told the BBC: “I’ve always loved Ryan Reynolds – ever since Van Wilder. I remember watching this for the first time and thinking this guy was cool.
“I started looking at the [Welcome to] Wrexham program on Disney Plus and when you watch this you can’t help but love Wrexham. It would be so nice to go to a Wrexham game and meet Ryan Reynolds at the same time.”
Later that month, Fear’s dream came true. “They always say you should never meet your idol and this guy is definitely an exception to that,” the fan told BBC 5 Live. Sunday breakfast.
In a BBC interview, Reynolds said it was “incredible” to get to know Fear after they met.
“I wonder if I’d have the same unwavering joy if our roles were reversed,” Reynolds questioned then. “He’s an exceptional person and his family is wonderful. I got a little choked up talking to him and feeling how much he’s going to miss his kids and his wife.”