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Hugh Jackman honors deceased fan who painted Wolverine using only his mouth

Jeffrey Lozano's paintings were really something special, and that became clear to Jackman when he met Lozano's sister.
/ Source: TODAY

Jeffrey Lozano had a passion for painting and an admiration for actor Hugh Jackman. The young man died two years ago, but his sister recently found a way to celebrate his life by passing along one of his last paintings to the star.

Jeffrey's paintings were really something special, and that became clear to Jackman when he met Marie Lozano.

"Today I had the great pleasure of meeting this lovely lady, Marie Lozano from the Philippines," he wrote in a caption on Instagram. "Her brother, Jeffrey, had Down Syndrome. He passed away 2 years ago. Marie shared with me that one of Jeffrey's joys in life was painting."

"When he lost the use of his hands he continued to paint with the brush in his mouth," Jackman explained. "I accept this gift in Jeffrey's honor. May his spirit live on."

Marie is a journalist for ABSCBN in the Philippines, and she met with Jackman to interview him about his soon-to-be released film "Pan." That meeting offered her the perfect opportunity to share Jeffrey's art. She believes it was fate.

"It was fate that I got the assignment to interview Hugh on the day of Jeffrey's second death anniversary," she wrote on her own Instagram account. "I simply wanted him remembered by giving one of his mouth paintings of Wolverine to Wolverine himself. I did not expect that he would be honored throughout the world with this small gesture."

But that's just what's happened now that Jackman has brought attention to her brother on social media. And she couldn't imagine anyone more worthy of such attention.

"Jeffrey to me is a real life superhero," she wrote. "He had an unwavering spirit to take on life's battles. Hugh's character was an inspiration to my brother and I didn't expect to inspire the man that inspires millions with Jeffrey's story."

There's no doubt Jeffrey's story will inspire many more now.

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