Drake, The Weeknd and J. Cole had emotional FaceTime chats with 11-year-old fan Elijah prior to his tragic death from cancer
The musical superstars all made FaceTime calls to ailing boy prior to his death The Weeknd told him he was ‘so honored to be one of [his] favorite artists’ J. Cole said, ‘It’s a pleasure to meet you man, I love you’
Musical stars Drake, The Weeknd, and J. Cole gave an 11-year-old fan named Elijah Patrick Williams cherished memories before his tragic death from cancer, as they all made FaceTime calls to him, his cousin Michael Watson II shared on Instagram Sunday.
Watson took to Instagram with a clip of Elijah, surrounded by loving family and friends in Hampton Virginia, chatting with the performers.
In excerpts from the clips, the beloved boy chat with the The Weeknd, who told him he was ‘so honored to be one of [his] favorite artists,’ while J. Cole told him, ‘It’s a pleasure to meet you man, I love you.’
Watson explained the tragic circumstances behind the harrowing series of clips.
‘Over the past 3 years, my 11 y.o. cousin, Elijah, has battled cancer with the utmost resilience,’ he wrote. ‘Elijah’s physical fight is now complete, as he transitioned to heaven on Friday.’
Watson said that Elijah ‘didn’t leave this world without knowing how much he was loved though,’ as he was able to connect with the recording artists via FaceTime calls.
Watson said he was ‘incredibly grateful for these 3 super-humans being so caring for my family during this time,’ and that the family will ‘hold onto these moments forever.’
Fighter: The brave boy, who passed away Sunday, battled cancer for three years
Beloved: Elijah was surrounded by loving family and friends in Hampton Virginia, chatting with the performers
He added: ‘Please lift Kiara, Elijah’s mom, and the rest of the fam up in your thoughts & prayers. In a time where there seems like so much is out of our control, one thing that we all have the power to give + show others is LOVE.’
Watson added the biblical passage 2 Corinthians 5:8 to the end of his post.
The boy’s mother Kiara Swope hailed the artists for ‘showing my baby some love these last difficult days of his life’ in an Instagram post.
‘I just want to say a huge Thank you to @realcoleworld @theweeknd @champagnepapi & [race car driver Joey Logano],’ she said. ‘I truly appreciate you all.’
She added the hashtags #elijahstrong and #morethan4.
Emotional: Elijah ‘didn’t leave this world without knowing how much he was loved though,’ his cousin said
Familiar face: The Blinding Lights singer was seen chatting with his fan in the clip
Memories: Watson said his family will ‘hold onto these moments forever’