Joshua Jones, ailing fan who Matt Kemp befriended, has died

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Joshua Jones has been claimed by brain cancer at the age of 19 (

Jones has no connection to baseball other than that he was part of two of the most heart-warming videos this season.

Here's the first one, which came in AT&T Park. Jones' father has since said all they wanted was for Matt Kemp to give them a ball. He went above and beyond that -- and note, he didn't know anyone was recording this:

A bit later, Kemp flew Jones and his family from Oakland to a Dodgers game, where this happened:

It's a real shame what happened to Jones at such a young age, just as it is when a disease ends anyone's life prematurely. Thanks to Kemp, though, Jones had a few major bright spots in his last few months. It's surely a small bit of solace to the Jones family, but still a bit of solace nonetheless.

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