READING FC has paid tribute to one of their young fans following the news of his death.

The club confirmed Ryan Duval's passing on Wednesday afternoon, describing him as a "Royals hero".

Ryan, a former pupil at the Avenue School in Tilehurst, had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a degenerative condition which meant he relied upon the use of an electric wheelchair in recent years to go about all his daily activities.

Reading Chronicle:

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At age 14, he met the Reading FC team and went on to design a one off football shirt which players wore during a match in 2015.

Ryan was the VIP guest that afternoon enjoying matchday hospitality, featuring on the front cover of the matchday programme and being interviewed by Sky Sports News.

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Following the news of his death, Reading FC released a tweet which said: "We are deeply saddened to learn that young Royals fan Ryan Duval has passed away.

"Ryan was the inspiration behind #RyansRoyals - a project that garnered the love and support of all connected to our club in 2015.

"Our thoughts are with Ryan’s family, friends and all @AvenueSchool."

Ryan was awarded with the Child of Courage trophy at the Pride of Reading awards almost three years ago.

The club described Ryan as a "Royals hero" and "a brave young man who inspired so many".