Chris Evans posts touching tribute to local fan who lost his battle with cancer

Courtesy: Brian A. Billeck

Actor Chris Evans, best known for his role as Captain America, sent a heartfelt message to the family of a local San Antonio boy who lost his battle with cancer.

Damon Billeck, 13, passed away on Tuesday surrounded by his loving family. Evans had been corresponding with Damon through social media after he found out that his favorite superhero was Captain America.

“Damon had the kind of strength I only pretend to have on screen,” Evans, 36, wrote on Twitter. “He was a true warrior. Brave, selfless, compassionate, and proud. I feel so grateful for his friendship. Sending all my love to you and your family, Brian.”

Damon's father Brian announced the sad news on social media.

Damon reached out to Evans early this year after he saw a People magazine article about his upcoming Broadway play.

The actor responded with well wishes of his own for Damon.

In addition to their public conversations, Damon’s parents said Evans had sent Damon private messages as well.

“Chris Evans (a.k.a. Captain America) sent him a private message via Twitter,” his parents wrote on GoFundMe. “Won’t go into detail because Chris and Damon can have their own conversations. But it was wonderful Chris took the time to message Damon several times to see how he was.”