Sick Beyonce Fan Dies Four Days After Surprise FaceTime Call
The cancer-stricken fan Beyonce surprised with a video call last week has died. Ebony Banks, who had been battling a rare form of stage four cancer, passed away on Sunday, four days after the superstar reached out to the teenager, nicknamed Ebob, via FaceTime to grant her final wish.
The unexpected call came about after Banks’ classmates at Alief Hastings High School in Beyonce’s native Houston, Texas launched a social media campaign earlier this month in a bid to gain the pregnant “Halo” hitmaker’s attention by using the hashtag “#EBOBMEETSBEYONCE.” Their efforts paid off, and although the singer, who is expecting twins, was unable to visit Banks in person while she was being treated at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Beyonce did take the time to have a personal chat with the super-fan last Wednesday. Brief video footage of the touching exchange was posted online, and in the clip, Banks told her pop idol, “I love you Beyonce,” to which the 35-year-old replied, “I love you,” and waved to the camera. After the call, a school representative posted on Twitter: “Thank you to everyone who helped #ebobmeetsbeyonce @Beyonce.” Beyonce has yet to comment on Banks’ death, which was confirmed with a post on the school’s official Twitter page. Fellow students at Alief Hastings High School staged a candlelight vigil at the LeRoy Crump Stadium on Sunday, when they played Beyonce songs and swayed along to the music to celebrate the youngster’s life.