A US student dies days after a video chat with Beyonce from her hospital bed
A high school student in America who had terminal cancer has died days after talking with Beyonce in a video chat from her hospital bed.
A spokeswoman from Alief independent school district in Houston says Ebony Banks died late on Saturday night.
The teenager’s classmates started an online campaign before her death to give her a chance to meet her favourite singer.
Ebony received a video call on Wednesday from the star.
Her school gave her a diploma during a graduation ceremony in the hospital last week.
Image caption Ebony (centre) had an early graduation while in hospital
Students gathered at a candlelight vigil on Sunday to remember Ebony, whose nickname was Ebob.
Video posted on social media shows students raising candles to Beyonce’s Halo.
Her friends used the hashtag #EBOBMEETSBEYONCE in the hope of attracting Beyonce’s attention last week.
A few days after the hashtag trended the singer surprised Ebony with a call.
A recording of the conversation appeared on Beyonce fan pages.
Ebony was seen lying in a hospital bed saying “I love you Beyonce” to which she replies, “I love you”.
The school tweeted: “Thank you to everyone who helped #ebobmeetsbeyonce @Beyonce.”