Ryan Reynolds heartbroken

When Jay Fear was diagnosed with terminal appendix cancer in January 2023, his last wish was to meet Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, who’s also co-owner of Wrexham AFC.

“Choked up” when meeting the Wrexham football fan, Reynolds–praised for his generosity–doubled up on Fear’s wishes by having him at the game where the team ended a 15-year drought and won a promotion to the Football League.

Only one month after the team won that victory, Reynolds is mourning the death of the 45-year-old man, whom he says is one of the “bravest and kindest people” he’s ever met.

After surgery to remove a tumor on his appendix, Jay Fear, a 45-year-old from Southampton, was told by doctors that he was cancer-free.

While recovering from his surgery last year, Fear, who was held up in bed, watched the docuseries Welcome to Wrexham and fell in love with the city, club and Wrexham FC’s celebrity owners Reynolds and Rob McElhenney.

“I had no affiliation to Wrexham beforehand, but I just couldn’t help falling in love with the city and what they have both done for the club–and not just the club but for the area too,” Fear said. “In October 2021 I was diagnosed with appendix cancer and I had an operation in December and spent all of Christmas in hospital. When I came out in the new year last year I was pretty much sitting on the sofa and I couldn’t do anything, and I saw Welcome to Wrexham and found it so exciting.”

On January 11, Fear learned the cancer returned, giving him only months to live.

Wow what a WISH!! ⭐️We are absolutely thrilled to share Jay’s Wish Story from yesterday with all of you.Firstly we’d like to say a huge thank you to the amazing Wrexham Community who really helped us grant this incredible Wish. This week we will be making a donation to the local hospice in Wrexham ‘Nightgale House’ as a thank you for all your help.For Jay’s Wish we have to say a massive thank you to: Two local businesses, WREXRENT & Minera Roof Trusses Ltd for donating the 4 Match tickets for this Wish, as this wouldn’t have been possible without your kind donation.To VancityReynolds for giving his time so generously to Jay and his family at the game. What a true gent he was!John from for help with organising everything from club side of things at Wrexham AFC & the family’s club merchandise.Peter from BBC Wales, Andy one of our BLW Supporters and the football legend ‘Tony Adams’ who all helped to make this wish extra special for Jay.We had 3 brilliant transport companies help us too!Jim from www.stretch-n-go.com for getting them all the way to Wrexham on Saturday in style.Two lovely drivers from www.wrexhamchauffeurs.co.uk for getting them to and from the Hotel to the Match. Also www.wrexhamairporttaxi.co.uk for taking them all safely back home today.Overnight accommodation, food & drinks were all supplied by Wynnstay Arms Ruabon the Team here really took great care of our Wish family during their stay. Jay’s Wife’s flowers were so beautiful and were from Ruth Jones Floral design Wedding & Event specialistOur BLW volunteers worked super hard and for many hours to grant this wish to make these extraordinary memories for Jay & his loved ones to always truly cherish. As you can see well worth every minute that was spent planning, organising and funding this Wish.Granting Wishes to make memories, that’s what we do!To help us grant more wishes just go to www.bucketlistwishes.org.uk xx#wrexhamafc#ryanreynolds#wishesforadults#bucketlistwishes#wrexham#makingmemories

Posted by Bucket List Wishes on Sunday, April 23, 2023

He had one last wish for him and his family: to meet Ryan Reynolds, the star of Marvel’s Deadpool.

The charity Bucket List Wishes, that helps terminal people realize their last dreams, helped arrange a meeting between Reynolds and Fear at Wrexham’s Racecourse stadium, hours before the team won its promotion to the Football League for the first time in 15 years.

The 46-year-old Reynolds, who after learning that Fear and his family would be at the game, sent a video saying, “…I want you to know that I’m in your corner and I hope I get to meet you in person one of these days, and I’m sending you tonnes of love.”

“They always say you should never meet your idol and this guy is definitely an exception to that,” Fear said after meeting Reynolds. “I’ve loved Ryan Reynolds since his Van Wilder days, but it turns out he’s a gent in real life too.”

On April 22, 2023–the day Wrexham won–Fear, his wife Deb and teenage children, Sam and Jess, were treated to a VIP day at the Racecourse.

Fear’s son Sam posted a thoughtful message for Bucket List Wishes: “Thank you Bucket List Wishes. You have made Dad the happiest man alive, and I am truly grateful for all of your hard work.”

Meanwhile, Reynolds, a father of four, couldn’t help but praise the man.

“It was amazing to meet Jay. I wonder if I’d have the same unwavering joy if our roles were reversed,” Reynolds said. “He is an exceptional person and his family is wonderful. I got a little choked up talking to him and feeling how much his kids and wife are going to miss him.”

Not only did Fear get to meet his idol, he was also gifted a signed glove that Reynolds wore in the second Deadpool movie.

A huge fan, Fear shared his excitement with Reynolds over the upcoming Deadpool 3, which has an expected release date in May 2024.

“(Reynolds) went, ‘Well, we’re filming in six weeks so why don’t we get you guys up to London. Yeah, let’s make that happen,’” Fear said of the star’s invitation.

But it will never happen.

Fear died on May 25, 2023, and Reynolds led the tributes with a heartfelt message along with photos of meeting the family before the historic game.

“So grateful to have spent time with Jay Fear. He didn’t have much of it left. The fact he shared that time so freely with others is something I’ll never take for granted and never forget. This man lived. Sending all my love, respect and condolences to Deb, Jess and Sam”

Friends and fans jumped and commented on the post. “Blessings on Jay and his family,” writes Rob Liefield, who created the Deadpool character.

“You know what, you’re a proper legend,” shares a fan.

Fear’s brother Ian writes, “Thank you for making my brother and his family a forever memory. One that Debs Jess and Sam will cherish,” and his late wife, Deb, shares “Thank you so much. You truly made jay so happy and he was so thankful he got to met his hero. Its something we will always treasure xx.”

Ryan Reynolds heartbroken
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds attend The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 02, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)

Ryan Reynolds never fails to impress. He is such an incredible talent and so thoughtful to his fans. We are happy that he was able to fulfill Jay Fear’s dying wish and that the family has one last beautiful memory of the father and husband.

We send our best to the family in their time of grieving, and to the superstar, thank you for being such an awesome human!  

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