INDIANAPOLIS — An 8-year-old Indiana boy who befriended his basketball and football heroes during a yearslong fight with leukemia has died.

Brody Stephens’ father told the Indianapolis Star his son died Saturday of a viral complication.

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Brody was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia as an infant. He fought it off, but cancer returned in 2015.

As he underwent hospitalizations and a bone marrow transplant, Brody was visited by his heroes, including Gol den State’s Stephen Curry and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, tight end Jack Doyle and coach Chuck Pagano.

Golden State flew Brody to California last month to serve as ball boy, attend the team’s shoot-around and Coach Steve Kerr’s news conference.

Brody’s father, Jason Ste phens, says his son was a “very special kid that inspired everyone that knew him.”