Ed Sheeran fulfilled a dying fan’s final wish mere hours she passed last night.
Triona Priestley, an Irish teen who suffered from cystic fibrosis since she was a child, revealed her final wish last week: She wanted to hear from Sheeran, her favorite singer.
— Orla Tinsley (@orlatinsley) March 31, 2014
— Ryan McCann (@mccann_rm) March 30, 2014
— Devon Murray (@DevonMMurray) March 30, 2014
He originally promised Priestley that he would see her once he was in Ireland in October, but with her health quickly deteriorating, her friends feared that she didn’t have that long.
@trionaaa get well soon dude and il see you when I’m over in October xx
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) March 31, 2014
Eventually, Sheeran’s management got in contact with one of Priestley’s friends to set up a phone call. Once he got on the line, he serenaded her with her favorite song, “Little Bird.”
Priestley died just minutes after Sheeran finished performing.
Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) April 1, 2014
Priestley’s brother, Colm, thanked everyone who supported the #SongForTri campaign.
“What they gave us and her was a beautiful last moment together,” he told Independent.ie. “Triona slipped into a sleep as Ed was singing to her and passed away shortly afterwards. So Ed Sheeran sang her to sleep.”