Ed Sheeran gave a dying fan the sweetest goodbye

"Ed Sheeran sang her to sleep."

 

Michelle Jaworski

IRL

Published Apr 3, 2014   Updated May 31, 2021, 1:02 pm CDT

Ed Sheeran fulfilled a dying fan’s final wish mere hours she passed last night.

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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.

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Her friends launched a Twitter campaign, #SongForTri, to help make it a reality, and by Sunday night, the hashtag trended on Twitter with thousands of people tweeting at Sheeran.

My friend @trionaaa is V. unwell right now. She needs a shout out from @edsheeran Her friends have bn trending #songfortri Can anyone help?

— Orla Tinsley (@orlatinsley) March 31, 2014

We don’t realise how lucky we all are, so much we take for granted, hope tonight everyone cops onto themselves #songfortri @edsheeran light

— Ryan McCann (@mccann_rm) March 30, 2014

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okay so both #songtortri and #songfortri trended today come on @edsheeran

— 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

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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

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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.”

H/T People | Photo via Christopher Johnson/Flickr

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*First Published: Apr 3, 2014, 2:47 pm CDT