Alief Independent School District spokeswoman Kimberly Smith says senior Ebony Banks died late Saturday night.
The teen’s Hastings High School classmates started an online campaign before her death to give her a chance to meet her favourite singer, Beyoncé . Banks received a FaceTime call Wednesday from the star.
The video of their one-on-one interaction has been retweeted thousands of times and shows Beyoncé telling the teenage girl “I love you.”
Beyoncé facetiming with Ebony, a fan with a rare cancer disease whose last wish was to see Beyoncé. ❤️️💙 pic.twitter.com/pCkGzF4feZ
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) March 22, 2017
Banks, affectionately known by her friends as “Ebob”, spent the majority of senior year in the hospital after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer — according to Houston station KIAH.
Beyoncé was informed of Banks’ wish to meet her after the teen girl’s classmates united to spread “#EBOBMEETSBEYONCE” on social media. “Beyoncé is one of her idols. She admires her so much, so we’re trying to put that on Twitter and Instagram to get Beyoncé’s attention,” high school student Karina Gutierrez told KTRK-TV.
The school gave Banks her diploma during a graduation ceremony in the hospital last week.
Congratulations to our first graduate of 2017! pic.twitter.com/vFe1yk6Svd
— #GoBears 🐾 (@AliefHastingsHS) March 16, 2017
Students gathered at a candlelight vigil Sunday to remember Banks. Video posted on social media shows students raising candles to Beyonce’s Halo.
— marvin 🥀 (@maarvingarciaa) March 27, 2017
With files from ET Canada
By The Associated Press