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Teen dies four days after Beyonce conversation - Friends made connection for cancer-stricken pal

Published:Tuesday | March 28, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A teenage Beyonce fan has died just four days after she spoke to her idol on FaceTime.

The 35 year-old singer surprised Ebony Banks, who has been battling with a rare form of cancer, with a video call last Wednesday. Shortly after fulfilling her final wish, the youngster passed away on Sunday.

A staff member of MD Anderson Cancer Center, where Ebony had been treated, confirmed the sad news and a candlelight vigil was held for the teenager at LeRoy Crump Stadium in Houston, Texas, on Sunday evening.

Beyonce, who has five-year-old daughter Blue Ivy with her husband Jay Z and is pregnant with twins learnt about Ebony's dream to meet her through the teenage's school friends. They started up a campaign on social media with the hashtag #EbobmeetsBeyonce in a bid to get Beyonce's "attention" and make their classmate's dreams come true.

Speaking about the plan one of Ebony's friends, Karina Gutierrez, said "Beyonce is one of her idols. She admires her so much, so we're trying to put that on Twitter and Instagram to get Beyonce's attention."

And another pal, Cristal Depaz, had vowed to do all she can to ensure Ebony is happy, despite her illness. She explained "we try to make sure she has a smile on her face and to make her wishes come true."

A video of the Formation singer conversing with Ebony has since been shared on social media, which sees the vocalist wave and smile at her fan before declaring her love to her.

In the clip, which has gone viral, Beyonce said: "I love you."