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A Houston teen battling cancer died just days after FaceTiming with Beyonce

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UPDATE March 27, 1:07 p.m.:

A Houston teen battling cancer died just days after finally speaking to her idol, Beyoncé, via FaceTime. 

A spokesman for Alief Independent School District confirmed to ABC News that Ebony Banks died early Sunday morning. 

Students from Alief Hastings High School gathered later that day for a candlelight vigil to honor Banks, who was a member of the school's color guard and had recently graduated. 

The color guard paid tribute to Banks by singing "Halo" by Beyoncé.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Ebony Banks dreamed of meeting her idol Beyoncé. But her battle with a rare form of cancer threatened to make that impossible.

Beyoncé surprised Banks with a FaceTime call Wednesday afternoon after Banks' social media campaign went viral, KHOU reported.


Here's a snippet of Beyoncé's call.

Her friends and classmates campaigned on social media for days to get Beyoncé's attention.

Supporters rallied around the hashtag #EbobMeetsBeyonce, using Ebony's nickname.

Some of her supporters may have had connections.

Naturally, supporters were ecstatic when Beyoncé came through.

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