Beyoncé Australia Twitter Page (@BeyonceAUS) / Camp Quality
Chelsea Lee James, a young Australian girl with cancer who won over Beyoncé, has died.
The 15-year-old celebrated Easter Sunday before she was taken to a children’s hospital in Newcastle, Australia where she passed away Monday night, surrounded by her family and friends.
Chelsea was diagnosed with a Neuroectodermal tumor on her spine in 2004 and had undergone extensive surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.
The youth got the surprise of a lifetime at a 2009 Beyoncé concert in Sydney when the songstress pulled her onstage and sang her hit “Halo” to Chelsea in front of more than 20,000 people at Acer Arena.
“I wasn’t expecting it to happen,” the little girl, then aged 11, said at the time. “I don’t know how she picked me out of the crowd.”
She was later reunited with Bey after Children’s cancer charity Camp Quality organized a backstage meeting during her Mrs. Carter Show world tour. She dedicated Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor” to the teen, and yelled out to her: “Yeah Chelsea” after the chorus.
Blue Ivy’s mama texted Chelsea’s family after the show. She wrote: “My beautiful angel! Thank you for the pictures. You have no idea how happy you made me seeing you. I will see you next time I’m in Australia. Love, Beyoncé.”
Chelsea’s mother posted a touching tribute to her daughter on Facebook Monday night. “RIP my baby girl,” she wrote. “You can rest, love u always mummy.”