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Oscar Knox: Twitter unites in tribute

By Adrian Rutherford

Published 10/05/2014

Oscar Knox with his little sister Izzie
Oscar Knox with his little sister Izzie

Twitter tributes flood in for the brave boy who won hearts around the world.

Boxer Paddy Barnes

RIP @Wee_ Oscar one of the nicest and strongest fighting kids I'll ever come across. So sad, really is.

Linfield FC

He captured the hearts of everyone, but sadly little Oscar Knox lost his battle to cancer. Sleep tight little man.

Eleanor Ramsey

Heartbreaking news about Oscar Knox. The attitude and strength of him and his family was inspirational. Rest in peace.

Ulysses32

Very sad news. Deepest sympathies to the Knox family

MissCulture

There are none so deserving of appreciation and respect than those parents who have to give a child back to God. Thank you for sharing with us the inspiration that was your precious little boy.

DUP councillor Christopher Stalford

No parent should ever have to bury their child. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Oscar Knox who was such a brave wee boy.

Personal trainer Danielle Johnston who received death threats over her Facebook post
Personal trainer Danielle Johnston who received death threats over her Facebook post
Lanterns were released across Belfast to remember Oscar Knox. Pic Twitter
Lanterns were released across Belfast to remember Oscar Knox. Pic Twitter
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Lanterns were released across Belfast to remember Oscar Knox. Pic Twitter
Monday 1st July 2013 - Oscar Knox took over the offices of First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Parliament Buildings
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Derry City fans pay tribute to Oscar Knox during the team's match against Shamrock Rovers, Friday May 9, 2014
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Pic Declan Roughan/Presseye
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Pic Declan Roughan/Presseye
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Pic Declan Roughan/Presseye
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Pic Declan Roughan/Presseye
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Pic Declan Roughan/Presseye
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Pic Declan Roughan/Presseye
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Pic Declan Roughan/Presseye
Oscar Knox pictured with mum Leona and sister Izzie
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Sunday Life Spirit Of Northern Ireland overall winner Oscar Knox with Olympic Boxer Paddy Barnes at the awards dinner in the Culloden Hotel Holywood Friday 14th June 2013
Celtic v Cliftonville, Champions League second qualifying round second leg - 23 July 2013. Oscar Knox with Celtic skipper Scott Brown ahead of the Celtic v Cliftonville match
The service for little Oscar Knox was held in St Bernard's Church, Glengormley. The procession started from the NI Children's Hospice and onwards to St Bernard's Church. Picture By: Arthur Allison.
Oscar pictured in 2012 with the flag that made him an overnight internet sensation as he was allowed to stay up late to watch that year's European Championship matches
Oscar Knox being held by his mother Leona in hospital. This photo was posted by Oscar's family on October 13, 2012
Former Celtic player John Hartson and Oscar Knox
March 25, 2013 Little Oscar Know steals the show during a 'FEARLESS' press conference at Belfast City Hall. The event has been put together for the night which will feature Irish title fights with all profits going directly to The Oscar Knox Appeal. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press
May 1, 2013 - Oscar Knox pictured at New Forge country club with Ulster Rugby's Paddy McAllister
Sunday Life Spirit Of Northern Ireland over-all winner Oscar Knox at the awards dinner in the Culloden Hotel Holywood, Friday 14th June 2013
Oscar Knox's family posted this photo on Twitter last month, saying: "I got back on my feet and walked 20 metres today, everyone was SO proud of me!"
Oscar Knox and his sister, Izzie, surrounded by Easter eggs.
Oscar Knox, celebrating his fourth birthday
Oscar Knox with his father Stephen at Celtic's Parkhead last year
Leona Knox watches as Oscar opens his presents at Christmas 2012
Close family: Oscar with mum Leona, dad Stephen and sister Izzie
Oscar Knox with Celtic skipper Scott Brown during Tuesday evenings Celtic v Cliftonville Champions League, 2nd qualifying round, 2nd leg match at Parkhead, Glasgow Scotland
Oscar blowing the candle out on his birthday cake with dad Stephen
Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox enjoying a day out in the park
Oscar Knox in hospital from Twitter in October, 2012
Little fighter: Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox arrives home from America via air ambulance
Olympic bronze medalists Paddy Barnes (left) and Michael Conlan at the gala ball in aid of Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox in Philadelphia
Mum Leona and Oscar
Michael Deane with Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox
Sinn Fein Cllr Tierna Cunningham and Belfast Lord Mayor DUP Gavin Robinson with Oscar
Oscar Knox
Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards. Overall Spirit of NI Winner Wee Oscar Knox Presented by, Martin Breen, Tony McGinn and Britain's Got Talent Finalist Jordan O'Keefe
Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards. Overall Spirit of NI Winner Wee Oscar Knox Presented by, Martin Breen, Tony McGinn and Britain's Got Talent Finalist Jordan O'Keefe
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Saturday 14th June 2013 - Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards. Overall Spirit of NI Winner Wee Oscar Knox with his mum Leona
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - Saturday 14th June 2013 - Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards. Julian Simmons, Paddy Barnes & Wee Oscar Knox
Oscar Knox
Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Awards. Overall winner Wee Oscar Knox presented by Martin Breen and Britain's Got Talent Finalist Jordan O'Keefe

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness

Oscar was a little warrior who faced down sickness and setbacks and showed all of us how precious life is.

Webber2014

Very sad news that Wee Oscar has passed away. A truly inspirational little boy who showed extreme bravery in his short life. Sleep tight wee man.

Brighid83

RIP wee man. You fought the good fight and we'll never forget you. You are hero in all our eyes.

Broadcaster Adrian Logan

Wee Oscar but only in name. A giant who inspired us all. RIP. My prayers are with mummy and daddy and all the family. Love and God Bless.

Celtic footballer Kris Commons

@Wee_Oscar will never be forgotten. A true inspiration. RIP little man.

Linfield footballer Matthew Tipton

Hearing the sad news about Oscar Knox puts everything into perspective.

Margaret Ball

Such sad news about Oscar Knox. God has yet gained another precious little angel. Sleep tight Oscar, you'll never walk alone!

Connor McManus

Rip little Oscar Knox! A wee fighter the whole way, such a shame. Sleep tight wee man.

Michael Morton

Just heard @Wee_Oscar has passed away. Horrible news! You were a true wee fighter. God bless you wee man.

Republic of Ireland footballer James McClean

Devastating news about wee Oscar Knox, thoughts and prayers with his family, put up a brave fight. RIP

Cliftonville footballer George McMullan

Terribly sorry to hear about young Oscar, a true legend of a kid. Honoured to have met him.

Cool FM DJ Pete Snodden

Thinking of @Wee_Oscar, such sad news. My thoughts are with his family. His smile and fighting attitude will live with me forever! RIP

Conor Maskey

Oscar Knox gave us all hope with his strength and attitude to life! RIP

Broadcaster Holly Hamilton

Heartbreaking news this morning... such a brave wee man... RIP Oscar.

Victoria McKenzie

Absolutely heartbreaking to hear about Oscar Knox. RIP wee man, your bravery and strength was incredible.

Ryan McLaughlin

Rip @Wee_Oscar – such a brave brave boy and an inspiration to all!

Ex-footballer John Hartson

My sincere condolences go out to wee Oscar Knox and his family. God love him. He fought his little sox off, truly sad. #godblessoscar

Kenny Stewart

Oscar Knox RIP. What a brave little guy.

Catherine Duffin

Heart goes out to the Knox family, devastating news about Wee Oscar. A fighter to the end.

Caitlin Mathers

RIP Oscar Knox. An inspiration to everyone, shine bright wee man.

Amanda Quigg

Heaven's newest angel will shine bright forever.

Michaela McDonnell

Wee Oscar left his mark in the world and made people come together and fight against something rather than each other

Niall Dillon

Cancer is a terrible, terrible thing. The fighting wee Oscar done at five years of age is unbelievable. You'll never walk alone.

Catherine

Poor Wee Oscar. Wee angel. Xx

Belfast Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir

Devastated to hear of death of #Fearless Oscar Knox, Belfast's most-loved boy. Condolences to Stephen and Leona.

Conor McArdle

Devastated to hear about @Wee_Oscar. What a hero

Clare McMahon

RIP Oscar Knox, you were a wee fighter. Heaven truly has gained an angel

Gavin

Such sad news about Oscar Knox. He is a super human for what he went through. True hero at age of five.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon

This is a very young boy who had such an influence on a lot of people, particularly here within Celtic and the support.

Christine O'Halloran

RIP Oscar, heaven has truly gained an angel

GAA pundit Joe Brolly

Such a shame about Oscar Knox. The epic battle to keep one small child alive showed us mankind at its very best.

Caoimhin Seosamh

Heaven is a little brighter today with this smiling wee face! In God's arms little man!

Stewart Sinclair

Sad to hear about anybody passing away but to lose your life at the age of five is far too young.

Kim Wrend

Just reading about Oscar Knox makes me wanna cry, so sad when cancer takes someone so young.

Harry Chalmers

RIP Oscar Knox, such sad news, thoughts are with your family, you'll never walk alone kid.

JonDocherty

The world's lost a brave wee legend. We'll never forget you kid.

Donations to raise money for the Northern Ireland Children's Hospice in memory of Oscar can be made via a dedicated JustGiving page at justgiving.com/oscarknox.

Background

In 2011 Oscar Knox (5), from Mallusk, was diagnosed with high-risk neuroblastoma, which affects one in every 100,000 children. He also has the chromosome disorder Jacobsen syndrome, which is thought to affect only 250 children worldwide.

Oscar has received more than 30 blood transfusions and almost 140 platelet transfusions in the past 26 months. Oscar's parents Stephen and Leona run a blog and fundraising campaign, The Wee Oscar Knox Appeal. Around 140,000 people follow Oscar on Facebook and Twitter @Wee_Oscar

Further Reading

Oscar Knox: Colourful farewell for 'little superhero'  

Oscar Knox: Whole world moved by the boy who didn't do giving up  

'Wee' Oscar Knox dies after battle against childhood cancer neuroblastoma  

Brave Oscar Knox has shown us we can be so much more

Outpouring of support as family pic shows Oscar Knox enjoying Easter 

Little fighter Oscar Knox has captured our hearts with his smile and his indomitable spirit

Oscar Knox family's heartrending ordeal has moved us all 

Wee Oscar makes his Celtic debut

Brave Oscar Knox wins Sunday Life Spirit of Northern Ireland Award at star studded ceremony

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