‘Electron Boy’ Erik Martin dies

‘Electron Boy’ Erik Martin dies

Credit: Make-A-Wish Foundation

As Electron Boy, 13-year-old Erik Martin of Bellevue grabs his "lightning rod" and prepares to do battle with the evil Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy on Thursday, April 29, 2010.

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 2:07 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 16 at 2:10 PM

SEATTLE -- A Bellevue boy who got his wish last year when he was turned into a superhero for a day has lost his battle with cancer and other health problems.

Erik Martin died Friday morning at Seattle Children’s hospital, The Seattle Times reports. He was 14.

In April 2010, the Make-a-Wish foundation granted Erik’s wish by making him a superhero. As Electron Boy, Erik was escorted by police in his superhero DeLorean back and forth across Lake Washington, saving civilians and battling the bad guys.

The Seattle Sounders FC, Puget Sound Energy and "Deadliest Catch" stars Edgar Hansen and Jake Anderson got involved.

The story went viral and made Erik an instant celebrity. A Fans of Electron Boy fan page on Facebook has more than 11,000 fans.

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