The loving tribute has been covered around the Internet. Here is what is being said
In an emotional show of support for Jared Padalecki’s Always Keep Fighting campaign, the Supernatural panel at Comic-Con concluded with over 7,000 fans holding up candles in a show of solidarity for the star’s battle with depression.
Ahead of Supernatural‘s Sunday panel, fans filing into a packed Hall H were handed special tea light candles with the words “Always Keep Fighting” written on them — the phrase that was featured on Padalecki’s charity T-shirts.
The effort was organized by fan Anne Kirn, with help from Misha Collins’ Random Acts foundation.
Once he realised the meaning of the lights, Padalecki, along with his castmates, stood up to applaud fans for their support. He told the audience, “This is touching and humbling… I don’t have the proper words to say thank you.”
“I didn’t know at first what it was,” Jared told Access Hollywood on Sunday after the panel. “I had no idea. … I was like, ‘What’s going on here?’ At first, I thought people were holding their iPhones up and like recording. And then, as I looked… I was like, ‘Wait, these are lights.’ And then, someone dropped off a light, with the note and explaining what it was.”
Along with the candles that were passed out to the crowd came a note: “Everyone is given a candle that burns just for them. When your flame flickers and you fear it will go out, know not seven the strongest wind lasts forever; and there are other lights to guide you even in the Darkness…And when your candle burns bright, you can ignite the hearts of others and hope will spread like wildfire…Always Keep Fighting, and you’ll never fight alone.”
“I just want to say thank you, so much,” Padalecki told us of his message to the fans who organized the candle surprise. “It’s stuff that I have dealt with and I’m still dealing with so it means so much to me. I hope the fans feel support from me the way I feel support from them. I love them all very much. I really do. Fight for each other. Love each other. Always keep fighting.”
Even the mainstream press found this gesture to be news worthy. MSNBC listed it as one of the Top Stories You Need To Know This Morning.
Jared is also trending #1 on Facebook in the News category.
Jared’s honesty about his depression and his work to bring attention to this disease has been an inspiration to to so many. He deserves this incredible gift from fans.
UPDATED with a video showing the panel’s reaction to the candles
What a beautiful video of an incredible moment.