Pancho Billa Biography – Pancho Billa Wiki
Pancho Billa also known as Ezra Castro, was a Texas native, mortician and Buffalo Bills super fan. He was also president of the Bills Backers groups in Dallas/Fort Worth.
Pancho Billa often told the story that when he was a little boy, his father told him he should choose a favorite football team. Proud of his Mexican-American heritage, he looked for teams whose colors came closest to the red, white and green Mexican flag. The two choices were the Bills and the New England Patriots. Although his father and older brother, both named Jaime, are Dallas Cowboys fans, he picked the Bills.
He developed the character of Pancho Billa, a play on the name of Francisco “Pancho” Villa, a famous Mexican revolutionary general. His intricate costume eventually included a broad sombrero with leather luchador mask, a serape poncho, a bandolier and leather arm guards, all in red, white and blue and adorned with the Bills’ buffalo and his catchphrase, “Viva Los Bills.”
Pancho Billa Age
He was born on 31 May 1979 in El Paso, Texas, United States. He died on May 14, 2019 in UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, United States. He was 39.
Pancho Billa Parents
Pancho Billa’s parents were Jaime Castro and Aurora Martinez.
Pancho Billa Family
He was born to Aurora Martinez (mother) and Jaime Castro (father). He had three brothers Jaime, Zenoc and Eli.
Pancho Billa Wife – Pancho Billa Partner
Castro’s longtime partner was Veronica Borjon. They had two children together.
Pancho Billa Children
He had two children; a son, Ginobili Castro and a daughter, Lourdes Castro. His son Ginobili is named after Manu Ginobili, the longtime star of basketball’s San Antonio Spurs.
Pancho Billa Cancer
In early November 2017, while touring New York City on a trip planned around the Thursday night Bills game against the Jets, Castro noticed that a his left arm had gone numb. In Texas, he went to a doctor, expecting a diagnosis of a pinched nerve or something else minor. He had a cancerous tumor wrapped around his spine that had spread to his liver, lungs and lymph nodes.
The doctors wanted to operate quickly, but Mr. Castro put off the surgery until after Nov. 19 so he could take his son Ginobili to the Bills-Chargers game in California. On Dec. 13, Castro had the surgery, which left a lengthy scar from the back of his neck to between his shoulder blades. The doctors removed the mass and used cadaver bones to replace two weakened portions of his spine.
Pancho Billa Death
He died on Tuesday May 14, 2019 in UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas after a long battle with cancer. His death was announced by his family in a statement on Twitter.
“Our hearts broken as we have lost our dear brother ezra “Pancho Billa” this morning. We are thankful and forever grateful for all the love and support during this journey. Ezra was surrounded by family and loved ones. At this time we ask for privacy as we mourn our loss.”
Our hearts broken as we have lost our dear brother ezra “Pancho Billa” this morning. We are thankful and forever grateful for all the love and support during this journey. Ezra was surrounded by family and loved ones. At this time we ask for privacy as we mourn our loss.
— Pancho Billa (@PanchoBilla1) May 14, 2019
The Buffalo Bills co-owner Kim Pegula also issued a statement on Castro’s death. She wrote on Twitter, “Pancho was a pillar of positive strength and energy for me and all of #BillsMafia. He’s been a tremendous inspiration for our team. I was fortunate enough to spend time with him and get to know his story. My heart goes out to his children, friends and family. Viva Los Bills!”
Pancho was a pillar of positive strength and energy for me and all of #BillsMafia. He’s been a tremendous inspiration for our team. I was fortunate enough to spend time with him and get to know his story. My heart goes out to his children, friends and family. Viva Los Bills! pic.twitter.com/UFBVMjMWDd
— Kim Pegula (@KimPegula) May 14, 2019
Pancho Billa Cause of Death
Pancho Billa’s cause of death was cancer.
Pancho Billa Type of Cancer – What Kind of Cancer does Pancho Billa have
Pancho Billa had pancreatic cancer.
Pancho Billa Go Fund Me
On December 11, 2017, Katherine O’Brien, a Western New York native, neuropsychologist and a cancer survivor who is president of the Bills Backers of Houston, set up a Go Fund Me page for Mr. Castro and his family. It surpassed its goal of $30,000.
Pancho Billa Ethnicity
He was of Mexican-American heritage.