The young son of former Chicago Bears running back Adrian Peterson has died.
Peterson made the announcement on Facebook early Tuesday morning, writing “#Ajsoars is in Heaven, where he belongs… #ajsoar #P3 #MyFirstSuperHero.”
AJ was diagnosed in June, when he was just 6 years old, with an inoperable tumor in his brain stem. His family started a GoFundMe page to help with their son’s medical treatment.
The GoFundMe page raised nearly $40,000 to help with the medical costs.
The family used social media and the GoFundMe page to chronicle AJ’s journey and keep supporters updated. Their Facebook page, titled “AJ Soars, Prayers for AJ," garnered more than 5,800 likes in less than a year.
Since Peterson’s last message about his son, more than 250 people have commented and even more offered condolences on their designated Facebook page.
Peterson spent eight seasons with the Chicago Bears, playing from 2002-2009.