(WGR 550) One of the most renowned Buffalo Bills superfans has passed away.
Ezra Castro, aka "Pancho Billa," died Tuesday morning in Dallas after a long battle with cancer. He was 39 years old.
Castro's family announced the sad news on Twitter late Tuesday morning:
Castro was diagnosed with cancer in November 2017. Doctors found a cancerous tumor on his spine that had spread to his liver, lungs and lymph nodes. Last year at the NFL Draft in Dallas, Castro was called to the stage to make the announcement of the Bills' third-round pick, which ended up being defensive tackle Harrison Phillips. He was joined on stage by Bills legends Andre Reed and Fred Jackson.
Last month, Castro was given the honor of calling in the team's first-round pick, defensive tackle Ed Oliver of Houston, while on the phone with general manager Brandon Beane:
Last year, Castro was a guest on Sal Capaccio's "SalSports....and Stuff" podcast. He spoke about growing up a Bills fan in Texas, his life, his love for the Bills and, most of all, his family.
Bills owner Kim Pegula responded on social media to the news of Castro's passing:
Condolences to the Castro family.