An 11-year-old cancer patient named Elijah died this week, but he was able to meet three of his favorite artist just before his untimely passing. In a post on Instagram, Elijah’s cousin Michael Watson II confirmed the news. He also shared a video of the moment Elijah was greeted by the Weeknd, Drake, and J. Cole over FaceTime, with both artists telling him how brave he is.
“Over the past 3 years, my 11 y.o. cousin, Elijah, has battled cancer with the utmost resilience. Elijah’s physical fight is now complete, as he transitioned to heaven on Friday,” wrote Watson on Instagram. “He didn’t leave this world without knowing how much he was loved though. Last weekend, Elijah got to ‘meet’ 3 of his favorite artists—The Weeknd, J. Cole, & Drake. Incredibly grateful for these 3 super-humans being so caring for my family during this time. We’ll hold onto these moments forever.”
Watson thanked those who helped make the FaceTime sessions happen in a short space of time, while urging people to keep those they love close. “Please lift Kiara, Elijah’s mom, and the rest of the fam up in your thoughts & prayers,” he added. “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.”
Elijah’s mother, Kiara Swope, posted an emotional message on her Instagram to say how much she appreciated these artists for “showing my baby some love these last difficult days of his life.”
In addition, Elijah received a recorded message from Nascar champion Joey Logano.