Ailing Young Taylor Swift Fan Laney Brown Dies
The young fan whose dying wish was to speak to Taylor Swift has passed away, just days after that wish was granted. Laney Brown died on Christmas morning at the age of eight.
Brown made headlines last week, when Swift took time to speak to her after hearing about the little girl, who suffered from leukemia. Swift phoned Brown on Friday (Dec. 20), which was her eighth birthday, and used Facetime so they could actually see each other while they were talking. A post on Laney's Facebook page explained how Swift went out of her way for the young fan.
Laney was so nervous to talk to her because she is such a “famous celebrity”. I was actually worried that when Taylor Facetimed her that she would be to scared to talk but Taylor was fabulous!! She really engaged Laney in conversation. Laney lit up and had a huge smile on her face. I can’t thank Taylor enough for taking time out from her family to make Laney’s birthday very memorable. We will hold that memory in our hearts forever.
Laney lived in West Reading, Pa., very near Swift's hometown of Reading, Pa. Her final wish list also included having people come visit her and sing carols, which also came true on Saturday (Dec. 21) after word got around about her plight. In the end, more than 10,000 people gathered outside her hospital to sing, and while Laney was too weak to go to the window and look out, she could hear them from her bed. Her family posted the thumbs-up photo above to show her appreciation.
The end was not long for the brave young girl, who had been battling leukemia for seven months. Her family broke the news of her passing early on Christmas morning.
A public viewing is scheduled for Sunday (Dec. 29) at 2PM at the Kuhn Stitzel Funeral Home. Well wishers can leave their condolences and messages of support for Laney’s family here.
Brown's family are asking for contributions to the Four Diamonds Fund in lieu of flowers.