Superbubz, the Fairfield 6-year-old who captured our hearts, dies after cancer battle
After more than two years battling neuroblastoma, an inspiring Tri-State 6-year-old affectionately known as "Superbubz" died Friday morning. Walter Zayne Herbert, the brave boy who loves superheroes and touched the Tri-State's heart with his happy spirit and bright smile, died at 2:40 a.m., according to his Facebook page "Fight with Superbubz." The post said Walter was pain-free and surrounded by loved ones.Just three weeks ago, the Fairfield Central Elementary School student earned a high school diploma before a crowd of 300 people who watched the special graduation ceremony. The school district arranged for Walter to complete grades one through 12 over a two-day period. Standing along the stage were adults in Walter's favorite superhero costumes, including Batman, Captain America, Spiderman and more. Support came from all corners of the Tri-State during recent weeks. The Reds, Bengals, FC Cincinnati and Colerain and Fairfield High School sports teams welcomed Walter to practice sessions and games and let him participate and meet his favorite sports heroes. He also got to fly in a Hamilton County Sheriff's helicopter and ride on a Cincinnati police motorcycle. Perhaps Walter's biggest thrill was sitting next to the Reds dugout and seeing his favorite player, Joey Votto, hit a home run. Votto high-fived Walter on his way back to the dugout, then handed the smiling boy his home run bat and the jersey off his back.