Caroline Richards, a noted fan of One Direction, passed away this week. She was suffering from bone cancer.
Richards’ death is being mourned by other fans from around the world, as well as friends and family members.
She was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma early last year. This type of cancer starts in the bones.
Caroline’s dream was to meet the famed boy band, and her dream came true five months ago.
Between posting pictures of herself with members of the group, she said it was “the best night of her life.”
Her father Mark previously praised his daughter’s strength, reported the Mirror.
“She’s stronger than me at times. She’s battled through a lot, she’s gone through a journey that I don’t think most people could.”
Besides being a fan of One Direction, she also enjoyed other music and celebrities, including Vine star Cameron Dallas.
— #RIPCarolineRichards (@kaleyperk) January 9, 2015
Another star, Carter Reynolds, is being credited as the first to report Richards’ death.
“Just found out that a huge fan of the guys and I has passed away,” he said via Twitter.
“#RIPCaroline – I’m going to miss you and that smile of yours. You will always be in my heart. Love you beautiful.”
The hashtag quickly gained steam and is now among the trending hashtags across the U.S.