The 6-year-old Merrimac girl who gained national attention for her special visit and kiss with music superstar Justin Bieber died this morning.
Avalanna Routh died this morning, according to a post by her family on her Twitter account.
"Our darling Avalanna went to Heaven this morning. Oh Avalanna, the brightest star - you took our hearts with you, our greatest Love" read the post this morning from @avalanna, which had more than 145,000 followers.
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Bieber, on Twitter, asked his more than 28 million followers to pray for her and her family.
"just got the worst news ever. one of the greatest spirits i have ever known is gone. please pray for her family and for her," Bieber tweeted this afternoon. "RIP Avalanna. i love you."
Routh, who was diagnosed with rare brain cancer at 9-months-old, made national news when she met Bieber in February and got to plant a kiss on the singer's cheek. The teen superstar made a special visit to her when he learned of her love for him. He also invited her up on stage at a concert earlier this year.
Routh was able to meet with Bieber on multiple occasions because of a Twitter and Facebook campaign.