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Brain-eating amoeba claims life of 6-year-old Houston Astros fan Josiah McIntyre [Video]

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HOUSTON, Texas — A 6-year-old Houston Astros fan tragically lost his life Tuesday and one of his favorite players is now helping his family through difficult times.

Josiah McIntyre was a young baseball player and the biggest Astros fan, according to his mother, Maria.

"He was the happiest boy you've ever met," she said. "The sweetest soul."

Maria said he loved the game and would pretend to be every player on the Astros roster.

"I remember the first time he picked up a baseball," she said. "He pretty much never put one down after that."

Then, last week, his mother said the boy began getting sick. He was taken to the hospital.

"He started vomiting and running a fever," she recalled. "He got tested for a lot of different things and they thought it was just a viral infection that was pretty much taking its course, because that's what his …

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A 6-year-old Astros fan tragically lost his life Tuesday and one of his favorite players is now helping his family through difficult times. Josiah McIntyre was a young baseball player and the biggest Astros fan, according to his mother Maria.