Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — With drug overdoses causing tens of thousands of deaths every year in the U.S., physicians are calling for the crisis to be treated like a medical emergency.On Monday, the American College of Physicians (ACP) p…Read more
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Phil McCarten/CBS(HOUSTON) — Ebony Banks, the Houston teen battling a rare form of cancer, has died — just days after her wish to speak to her idol Beyonce was fulfilled.
A spokesman for Alief Independent School District, where Banks was a student, confirmed that she passed away early Sunday morning.
“I understand she had a smile on her face till the very end,” spokesman Craig Eichhorn told ABC News.
Hours later, the students at Alief Hastings High School, from which Banks had recently graduated and where she was a member of the color guard for four years, organized a candlelight vigil in the band practice lot.
Members of the color guard held their candles up in the air and swayed along to the song “Halo” by Beyonce.
They were the same folks who had organized a social media campaign more than a week ago to get Beyonce to meet Banks, using the teen’s nickname Ebob and the hashtag #EbobMeetsBeyonce.
After Beyonce made the FaceTime call to Banks last Wednesday, friends and fans took to Twitter to celebrate and post pictures of the big moment.
In the clip, Banks tells Beyonce that she loves her, and the singer replies, “I love you.”
Beyoncé facetiming with Ebony, a fan with a rare cancer disease whose last wish was to see Beyoncé. ❤️️💙 pic.twitter.com/pCkGzF4feZ
— BEYONCÉ LEGION (@Bey_Legion) March 22, 2017
Banks was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last summer and started chemotherapy in September, according to her band director, Paul Brodt.
But Brodt told ABC News last week that Banks still made every effort to attend school as well as color guard practice and competitions. In fact, she showed up at a competition earlier this month before her health took a turn for the worse.
Afterward, Banks remained in the hospital and received her high school diploma at a special ceremony held at MD Anderson and attended by 100 people — including her 23 color guard teammates, school faculty members, school administrators and hospital staffers.
It was at her special graduation that the campaign to meet Beyonce was launched.
“Our kids love her … and would do anything for her,” Brodt said last week. “She’s inspired everybody — me along with all of our kids.”
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Brad Barket/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It’s been 16 years since Audra McDonald had a baby.
Now at age 46, the “Beauty and the Beast” star has a second baby and a first with her husband and fellow Broadway star Will Swenson.
The couple welcomed daughter Sally James last October.
McDonald said she has changed as a mother since the first time around.
“I’m calmer this time around, 16 years later,” she told People magazine. “Or maybe it’s that I’m just tired because I’m older, but I don’t sweat the small stuff as much.”
— People Magazine (@people) March 25, 2017
And although Sally James is only 5 months old, she already has a larger-than-life personality, her mother said.
“In some ways, I don’t worry about her — this is a very strong personality, I’m seeing it already!” she said. “This is someone who’s not gonna let anybody walk over her at all. In fact, she’ll be the one doing the walking.”
When the six-time Tony Award winner announced her pregnancy, she said it was unexpected.
“Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead 2 pregnancy? @thewillswenson & I are completely surprised but elated 2 b expecting,” she wrote on Twitter last May.
Who knew that tap dancing during perimenopause could lead 2 pregnancy? @thewillswenson & I are completely surprised but elated 2 b expecting
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) May 10, 2016
McDonald, who formerly starred on the ABC series “Private Practice,” also has a daughter, Zoe, from a previous marriage, and Swenson has two sons with his former wife.
“Zoe is such a fantastic big sister to Sally James,” McDonald said of her older daughter. “That’s just who she wants to hang out with. Every time Zoe walks into the room, Sally lights up. And that’s so important to me.”
“Zoe is a rock star as far as Sally James is concerned,” she added. “If you wanna make me melt, just put my two daughters together, and I’m a puddle.”
McDonald and Swenson, 43, married in 2012 at their home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.
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