This is really sad.
Katie Papworth, the terminally ill fan who Ed Sheeran ‘married’ backstage at a gig in Glasgow last week, passed away this morning at the age of 19.
Ed – who was clearly moved when he met Katie at the concert – took to Twitter to reveal his devastation at the news.
He wrote: “So devastated to hear Katie passed away. Prayers are with her family.”
The super fan popped the question at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro minutes before he went on stage last Thursday.
Ed graciously accepted the proposal, as well as a picture that she had painted for him of a Lego House, in tribute to his hit song, and signed a copy that she had made for herself with:
“Dear Katie, lovely to finally meet my wife.”
Katie’s mum, Trish, said of the whole experience: “Katie took the picture of the lego house she’d made and gave Ed a ring with an infinity symbol. Ed loved her artwork and asked if he could keep it for his wall.
“When she presented the ring he smiled and said, ‘I suppose I should say yes. OK.
“He made it really special for her and she’s since said she needs to think about bridesmaids.”
The brave teen battled an aggressive form of brain cancer for the past eight years, and lost her sight to it just two weeks ago.
After creating a wish list a couple of months ago, Trish got in touch with Ed’s management and the singer sent Katie a video message from the US, where he was on tour.
Katie also managed to watch Ed in concert in Leeds before her health badly deteriorated, however, last Thursday she was having a relatively good day and so Trish contacted Les Hoey’s Dreammaker Foundation to see if they could help her daughter’s dream of meeting Ed come true.
A spokesperson for the foundation said: “Times like this make it worthwhile. To see someone like Ed taking time out of his day is so emotional and has made such a difference.”
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