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Brody Stephens dies; 8-year-old befriended sports stars

In this Nov. 20, 2016 photo, Golden Warriors'

In this Nov. 20, 2016 photo, Golden Warriors' Stephen Curry poses with Brody Stephens in Indianapolis. Stephens' father told the Indianapolis Star that his son died Saturday, April 29, 2017, of a viral complication. Photo Credit: IU Health via AP / Chris Bergin

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.

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.”

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