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Sheffield United mark Kasabian Newton-Smith death

Kasabian Newton-Smith Image copyright Family photo
Image caption Kasabian Newton-Smith had been diagnosed with inoperable tumours

A football club has held a minute's applause to mark the death of an eight-year-old fan who was at the centre of a social media campaign.

Kasabian Newton-Smith from Sheffield was diagnosed with cancer as a toddler and had two brain tumours.

Footballer Wayne Rooney sent him his England shirt and other players tweeted with the hashtag #1LastSmile4Kasabian.

Fans at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane applauded in the eighth minute of the club's match against Swindon Town.

Posting online, Kasabian's father said his son "passed peacefully in his sleep".

Image copyright Sheffield & District Junior League
Image caption Wayne Rooney sent him a video message and gave him the shirt he wore during England's win over Scotland

The social media campaign appealed to professionals and amateurs of the sport to hold one finger in the air and smile for a photograph.

Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp previously tweeted a picture featuring Rooney and Adam Lallana.

Alan Shearer also posted a message of support.

Image copyright Billy Sharp/Twitter
Image copyright Twitter/AlanShearer

Speaking to the BBC in November, Kasabian's father Simon Newton-Smith said his son had "desperately" wanted to follow in his big brother's footsteps and play football.

He had been diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma and had more than 100 radiation treatments.

Kasabian, who has six brothers and sisters, had taken part in fundraising efforts for Sheffield Children's Hospital and cancer charities.

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Image caption Kasabian played for the junior side Southey Wolves
Image copyright Valley Juniors
Image caption Valley Juniors under-nines were among the teams that posed for Kasabian's campaign

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