Inspirational Bombers fan David Leitch passes away

Former Blue Bombers quarterback Alex Brink visits with David Leitch in 2010. Leitch passed away on...

Former Blue Bombers quarterback Alex Brink visits with David Leitch in 2010. Leitch passed away on Monday and tributes poured in from former current and former Bombers. (Paul Friesen/QMI Agency/Files)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:10 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lost one of their biggest fans, Monday, when David Leitch passed away, at age 23.

Leitch was first featured in the pages of the Winnipeg Sun three years ago.

As a close friend of the late assistant coach Richard Harris and former Bomber quarterback Alex Brink, Leitch credited the Bombers for giving him a reason to live, in an article in September 2010.

Born with spina bifida and confined to a wheelchair, Leitch attended not just every home game, but virtually every Bomber practice for four years.

Players and coaches all got to know him, and he became the unofficial team photographer — the players even bought him a new camera — posting his photos on Facebook or Twitter.

“David is a Bomber,” receiver Terrence Edwards said in 2010. “He’s a part of the team.”

Leitch was in the news again this season when the Bombers implemented a new policy that kept him off the sidelines at practice, and he stopped attending.


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