Jayro Ponce, the 9-year old boy who was visited by New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. last month, died Monday after battling a rare form of cancer.

Beckham confirmed the sad news in an Instagram post Tuesday, saying he was “crushed, hurt, upset” and that Jayro “taught me more than (you) could have imagined.”

Beckham was made aware of Jayro’s desire to meet him by Danny Richburg, the father of Giants center Weston Richburg. With the help of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, he was on a plane to Texas just a few days later to spend time with Jayro and his family.

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