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Reece Puddington from Seasalter dies after losing cancer battle

21 May 2014
by Jamie Bullen

Comedian David Walliams has joined those paying tribute to brave 11-year-old Reece Puddington, after he lost his fight with cancer.

Reece, from Seasalter, made headlines after he published a bucket list on his Facebook page. 

The brave youngster gained a worldwide following throughout his six-year battle against neuroblastoma.

Reece with his mum Kay

Reece with his mum Kay

His bucket list included a meeting with his favourite Hollywood actor Johnny Depp, a trip to Sun City in South Africa, and a Hobbit House in his back garden.

He also met comics David Walliams and Matt Lucas as part of his wishlist.

After receiving an incredible response, he ticked off almost the entire list - and had a bonus video message from Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.

Now David Walliams praised Reece in a tweet as a "brave and beautiful boy".

David Walliams

David Walliams

Reece told supporters on his Facebook page last month he had opted against more treatment to prolong his life by saying his family has decided to "let him go".

The youngster also set up Reece's Retreat last month to offer seriously ill children a day by the sea by raising money to buy a beach hut along West Beach.

Tributes flooded into Reece's Facebook page after it emerged he had passed away.

Reece was paid by a visit by Pirates of the Caribbean actor Winston Ellis.

Reece was paid by a visit by Pirates of the Caribbean actor Winston Ellis.

A Hobbit House was built in his garden to help tick off his bucket list.

A Hobbit House was built in Reece's garden to help tick off his bucket list.

"Sleep easy, you brave and inspirational young man..." - Tarryn Elario

Clare Spice posted: "RIP you brave little soldier. No more suffering for you now, sleep tight in the arms of the angels young man."

Rico Baligand added: "Rest in peace little boy, I hope that you'll have a better life where you are now. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family."

And Tarryn Elario said: "RIP and sleep easy you brave, inspirational young man. May you soar with the angels. To your parents, family and close friends - may God bless you through this tough time."

Leave your tributes to Reece below. 

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