Buffalo Bills Superfan
Dead After Cancer Battle
5/14/2019 9:40 AM PDT
Beloved Buffalo Bills fan Ezra Castro — better known as “Pancho Billa” — has died after a long battle with cancer … his family announced Tuesday.
“Our hearts broken as we have lost our dear brother ezra “Pancho Billa” this morning,” the family said in a statement.
“We are thankful and forever grateful for all the love and support during this journey. Ezra was surrounded by family and loved ones.”
If you’ve ever seen a Bills game since 2008, you’ve probably noticed Pancho — whose trademark sombrero and mask costume was a huge hit among Bills Mafia. He was the first fan inducted into the Buffalo Fan Wall of Fame late last year.
When he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer after a mass was discovered on his spine in 2017, the team rallied around Pancho and hosted him at games and the team facilities.
The 39-year-old Pancho played a big role in the Bills drafts the past 2 seasons … personally announcing their 3rd round pick on stage in 2018 … and gave GM Brandon Beane his stamp of approval before the team picked Ed Oliver with their first round pick last month.
— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) April 26, 2019
Oliver visited Pancho in the hospital last week … and even Bills legend Jim Kelly has shown support during his battle.
— Pancho Billa (@PanchoBilla1) April 26, 2019