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Triona Priestley, a 15-year-old girl battling cystic fibrosis, died in Dublin on Tuesday — just moments after her idol Ed Sheeran sang her to sleep on the phone.
The teenager’s dying wish to make contact with the singer was granted after family and friends started a #SongForTri campaign on Twitter that got the attention of Sheeran’s camp.
Sheeran phoned Triona in the hospital and sang her favorite song, “Little Bird” as she listened.
It was the last thing she ever heard.
Her brother Colm tells The Independent, “Myself and my family would like to thank Ed Sheeran and everyone who started and supported the #SongForTri campaign.”
“What they gave us and her was a beautiful last moment together,” he continued. “Triona slipped into a sleep as Ed was singing to her and passed away shortly afterwards.”
After Priestley died, Sheeran tweeted:
Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) April 1, 2014
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