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The terminally ill high school student whose last wish was to meet Beyonce has passed away.

Ebony Banks lost her battle to cancer on Sunday, just four days after meeting the Queen Bey by way of FaceTime.

The teen’s school, Alief Hastings High School, confirmed the news on Twitter. On Sunday night, following news of Ebony’s passing, the school’s band held a candlelight vigil to remember the late teen.

The Houston native made headlines last week after her dreams of meeting the Queen Bey came to fruition. Although she couldn’t physically touch the singer, Ebony had a chance to look Beyonce in the eyes and have a conversation.

During the special moment, Beyonce told Ebony: “I love you.”

Banks, who was a senior, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which had progressed to stage 4. She spent the majority of her senior year in and out of the hospital.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Banks’ friends and family.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves



To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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