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Girl who called self Mrs. Bieber dies of cancer

BOSTON (AP) — A 6-year-old Massachusetts girl whose love for Justin Bieber encouraged physicians and nurses at a Boston hospital to organize a pretend wedding to the pop star as she battled a rare brain cancer has died.

The family of Avalanna Routh — who called herself Mrs. Bieber — said on their Twitter account that she died Wednesday morning. "Oh Avalanna, the brightest star — you took our hearts with you, our greatest Love," the family wrote.

During the pretend wedding, Avalanna held a yellow, green and purple bouquet of flowers, wore a T-shirt that said "Future Mrs. Bieber" and stood next to his portrait under a banner that declared them "Just Married." That sparked a social media campaign to help her meet the singer.

Bing videos:  Justin Bieber and Avalanna

Bieber later arranged for the girl to meet him in New York, where they spent a couple of hours together before he tweeted that the experience was inspiring and the best thing he's ever done.

"... she was AWESOME! Feeling really inspired now! (hash)MrsBieber," he tweeted.

Bieber took to Twitter to mourn the death of Avalanna.

"just got the worst news ever. one of the greatest spirits i have ever known is gone," Bieber tweeted. "please pray for her family and for her."

"RIP Avalanna. i love you," he said.

Avalanna suffered from an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor, a fast-growing tumor of the brain and spinal cord that usually occurs in young children. Only 30 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year, said Dr. Charles Robert of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where Avalanna received treatment.

The little girl "was diagnosed when she was 18 months and responded to initial treatment for quite a while, but the cancer kept coming back and ultimately she was no longer responsive" and she passed away at her home in Merrimac, Robert said.

There was no immediate word on funeral arrangements.

"She was a very courageous young person who lived her life with grace and determination," the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute said in a statement. "By generously sharing her story, she raised awareness worldwide about atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors and articulated the need for greater research of this rare cancer."

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Oct 13, 2012 2:46PM
Oct 13, 2012 2:41PM
it's just sad how we lose our loved ones. may she REST IN PEACE
Sep 30, 2012 10:29AM

sleep sweet in your ever lasting sleep. May she come back and live longer the next time she will be missed. This is one reason I like justin. always for others never for him. she will be missed!


Sep 29, 2012 11:02AM
I am so sorry for the family, friends, and hospital staff. I saw a special on her a couple weeks ago on TV and she stole my heart instantly with her vibrant personality. She was such a happy spirited little sweetheart, I wanted to grab her and kiss her. God bless you all. I know she will be greatly missed forever.  
Sep 29, 2012 3:07AM
Bless Ms. Bieber's heart and her family.  This child was an amazing young lady at her tender of SIX. I had cancer of the vocal cord, did 33 treatments of radiation, which killed the cancer, Praise God!! However; it ended having to have a trach due to my throat swelling shut due to the radiation.  I use to sing at different area churches, revivals, etc....  and now I can barely talk.  So many times I have cried due to feeling sorry for myself.  After reading about Avalanna, "little Ms. Bieber", how on earth can I cry and to be honest, "feel sorry for myself" after reading the bravary this little girl had at the tender age of SIX.  May God Bless her and her family.  I know that little Avalanna's story, it's silliy for me to feel sorry for myself after this child being so brave.  May she rest in peace.
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