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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Sudden death of 1D fan inspires online campaign for tribute song

#SingforNicole has echoes of a similar dying wish for Irish teen Triona Priestley

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Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

Family and friends of a young girl who died due to complications from diabetes are asking her favourite band to dedicate a song to her.

An avid One Direction (1D) fan, critically ill Nicole Wilson (15) had been hoping to attend their upcoming pop concert in Dallas for her birthday.

However, she tragically died before the concert date and her family and friends have launched an online campaign in an effort to have her story recognised by her teen idols.

“My sister was your biggest fan, she passed away in her sleep due to complications of diabetes,” sister Kelly Wilson tweeted One Direction using the hashtag ‘#SingforNicole’.

“Can you all so something special for her at the concert? Her fave song was Story of My Life, and that will be playing in her funeral video,” she asked the popular band.

Band member Liam Payne responded to the news, tweeting: “Sorry to hear about the passing of one of our fans, Nicole. Thoughts are with her family at this time #SingForNicole’

Actress Melissa Joan Harte has also joined in to offer her support to the cause.

“A young #Directioner lost her battle with diabetes. She was excited about a #OneDirection concert and her friends are hoping they will dedicate a song to her memory #singforNicole,” she posted.

Irish teen Triona Priestley had her dying wish answered following a similar online campaign #songfortri.

According to her mother Bernie, the 15-year-old "fell asleep" for the last time with "a little smile on her face" after her favourite singer Ed Sheeran sang to her over the phone.

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