Girl Dies With A Smile After Beloved Musician Ed Sheeran Sings To Her In Her Final Moments
Not that we needed more reasons to love Ed Sheeran but we have them. Triona Priestly was a fifteen-year-old terminally ill teenage girl, who pleaded with her family as a dying wish to have Ed Sheeran sing to her.
She wanted Sheeran to sing her favourite song ‘Little Bird’. The family took to social media with the hashtag #songfortri to get the singer’s attention. The campaign went viral fairly quickly and in the end, Ed managed to gain his attention. Triona’s brother Aidan appeared on Ray D’Arcy’s show to share the story of Ed Sheeran’s kindness the day he lost his sister after her battle with Cystic Fibrosis back in April 2014.
“I just remember the day. We were in this small little ICU room. There was myself, my brothers, our partners, my parents, Triona’s godfather, his wife and the hospital staff. Triona was in a huge bed, covered with tubes and machines, a little box window ahead of her on top. My brother Colm left the room but he returned then and he was on the phone. He just says ‘ I’m going to put you on loudspeaker quickly’ and clicks it and we hear Ed Sheeran.”
He continues to say; “He says: “Hi Triona, I hear you’re a big fan.” He heard that her favourite song is a little bird and he begins to play and the guitar comes through. He plays the whole song. We tell him very quickly thanks very much and that we have to go. We have to hang up on him. It was probably a bit rude at the time. The doctor lifts his stethoscope to tell us that her heart has stopped. We take the mask off because she had been on a machine to breathe. Just in that moment, I can remember a burst of light comes through that window and she’s smiling. It’s this big room and my family hasn’t gotten smaller. It’s grown by the thousands of people that Triona has invited in. I feel that every day, it stays with us all the time.”
Sheeran probably wasn’t aware at the time, that he gave this girl her dying wish.