After coping with cystic fibrosis throughout the majority of her life, Triona Priestly was suffering through the final stages of the disease when friends and family took to social media to connect her with her favorite artist, Ed Sheeran. Before long #SongForTri was trending on Twitter thanks to family, friends, and Ed Sheeran’s dedicated fan base.
Ed called Triona personally to say hello and to sing his song “Little Bird” to her over the phone. As Ed sang, Triona slipped into a peaceful sleep, passing away only moments after the phone call ended. After being notified that Triona had passed just following the call, Ed paid his respects to Triona via Twitter:
Rest in peace Triona, so heartbreaking x
— Ed Sheeran (@edsheeran) April 1, 2014
Triona Priestly passed peacefully after succumbing to her battle with cystic fibrosis surrounded by friends and family while being serenaded by her favorite artist. Find out more about cystic fibrosis and how you can support those who are currently dealing with this debilitating disease at The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.