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Bills Superfan Pancho Billa Has Passed Away

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HEARTBREAKING UPDATE: We’ve been following his journey for years. The Buffalo Bills Superfan who showed us what team dedication and love was all about – even in the tough times.
Ezra Castro – the man behind the mask – has battled cancer and we are sad to report – the husband and father has passed away.

His twitter account said this: Our hearts broken as we have lost our dear brother Ezra “Pancho Billa” this morning. We are thankful and forever grateful for all the love and support during this journey. Ezra was surrounded by family and loved ones. At this time we ask for privacy as we mourn our loss.”

Ezra leaves behind a wife and two children.

May he Rest in Peace.



He was a symbol of inspiration – with his amazing attitude and of course, unwavering support of the Buffalo Bills.  Known as Pancho Billa – a beloved larger-than-life character. But, in real life – Ezra Castro was much more. A dad. A husband. A friend.

During his time battling cancer, twitter fans – including celebrities and pro athletes –  from near and far have sent love, prayers and well-wishes to the Bills Super-Fan who is in a Houston hospital.


Castro lived in Texas but had a special place in his heart for the Queen City and told me in a Totally Buffalo interview last year that he always appreciated all of the support.


Castro was a Bills fan since 1986-87 . He says it was the colors and logo that got him!

Even through the bad times, he supported his team.

And his team continued to support him.



If you would like to help Ezra and his family, here is a link to their Gofundme Page – https://www.gofundme.com/pancho-power


Bills Superfan, Pancho Billa – On Fighting Cancer & The Incredible Support He’s Received From Around the World!


Mary Friona

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Mary Friona

Following my heart with my husband and four daughters. An Emmy Award winning journalist lucky enough to work in television & radio for 20 years - seeing wonderful places, meeting great people and telling their stories.

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