Chicago 4 year-old tragically dies. “Please go and enjoy your life. Danny did.”

A preschooler wise beyond his years, Danny was a pint-sized neighborhood ambassador. He high-fived elderly strangers, made small talk with a lonely relative, befriended shy kids and impressed boys twice his size on the baseball field.

Most of all, says his grief-stricken dad, Mike Stanton, Danny was always giving hugs, and never hesitated to ask for one in return.

“That’s just how he expressed his life, and how he gave it. How he just let you in was so beautiful,” Stanton said.

So when Danny died of a seizure 14 days before Christmas — after frantic attempts by his parents, neighbors, paramedics and doctors to revive him, after all the medical tubes were disconnected — Danny’s dad lay down on the hospital bed. And he tightly hugged his little boy in return, as his body grew colder and colder.

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AP (Photo: Mike Stanton)

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