Moments before Triona Priestley, an Irish teenager, passed away on Tuesday, her wish came true—thanks to the generosity of singer Ed Sheeran.
The redheaded crooner serenaded the 15-year-old with her favorite song, “Little Bird,” moments before she fell asleep and passed away on Tuesday, according to British media reports.
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Triona has suffered from cystic fibrosis for much of her life, and after her health took a serious decline last week, her friends and family reached out to the Grammy nominee on Twitter using the hashtag “#SongForTri.”
After learning she passed, Ed shared his condolences on Twitter, writing, “Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x.”
Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) April 1, 2014
Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x
Triona’s older brother, Colm, thanked the singer for his help in making Triona’s wish come true.
“Myself and my family would like to thank Ed Sheeran and everyone who started and supported the #SongForTri campaign,” he told the Independent. “What they gave us and her was a beautiful last moment together. Triona slipped into a sleep as Ed was singing to her and passed away shortly after.”
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Ed joins a growing list of celebrities who have made dreams come true for those suffering from terminal illness—with the help of social media.
Earlier this week, Nicki Minaj invited 5-year-old Miyah, who was diagnosed with Stage 3B Burkitt’s lymphoma last year, to a recording studio—where the “Super Bass” singer gifted the toddler with one of her colorful wigs.
Miyah’s wish was granted after NBA pro John Wall posted a video with the hashtags “#HelpMiyahMeetNicki” and “#PinkWigForMiyah” to help get the attention of the songstress.
Last month, Channing Tatum made one teen’s fantasy a reality when he sent a song and virtual kiss to 18-year-old Alisa Finley, a stage-4 cancer patient who published a list of the things she wants to do in life, despite being put in hospice care recently.
The first item on that list? Kiss Channing Tatum! Check!
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