[Watch] The Weeknd, J. Cole & Drake FaceTime 11-Year-Old Elijah Days Before Dying From Cancer

An 11-year-old cancer patient named Elijah was able to fulfill a dying wish of connecting with his favorite artists before his passing this week. Drake, J. Cole & The Weeknd all reached out to shower Elijah, who’s been battling cancer for the past 3 years, with love and support.



Elijah’s cousin, Michael Watson II, shared some heartwarming videos of the young man’s phone calls with artists like J.Cole & The Weeknd.



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Over the past 3 years, my 11 y.o. cousin, Elijah, has battled cancer with the utmost resilience. Elijah’s physical fight is now complete, as he transitioned to heaven on Friday. He didn’t leave this world without knowing how much he was loved though. Last weekend, Elijah got to “meet” 3 of his favorite artists — The Weeknd, J. Cole, & Drake. Incredibly grateful for these 3 super-humans being so caring for my family during this time. We’ll hold onto these moments forever. A special thank you to the angels, Kathryn & Krystal for helping make this happen in such a short time. Please lift Kiara, Elijah’s mom, and the rest of the fam up in your thoughts & prayers. In a time where there seems like so much is out of our control, one thing that we all have the power to give + show others is LOVE. 2 Corinthians 5:8

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“It’s a pleasure to meet you man, I love you, bro,” says J. Cole. And The Weeknd also shows love saying,” I’m so honored to be one of your favorite artists. I love you, buddy.”


In his caption, Watson adds, “In a time where there seems like so much is out of our control, one thing that we all have the power to give + show others, is LOVE,” and urges people to keep those they love close.


Elijah’s mother also took to Instagram to express her gratitude, sharing a photo of the FaceTime call with Drake and her gut-wrenching goodbye with her first-born child.


We’re sending our thoughts and prayers to all of Elijah’s loved ones, may this precious young man rest in peace.


  1. What a wonderful, thoughtful gift for this young man. RIP Elijah.

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