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Belfast girl who captured Adele's heart during bedside visit dies

Belfast girl Rebecca Gibney, who came to the public attention after receiving a visit from Adele, has died.

Rebecca, who had suffered from cerebral palsy, epilepsy and was blind, passed away at her home on St Stephen's Day.

The 14-year-old received a visit from Adele in March 2016 after an online campaign carried out by her mother appealing for the singer to reach out.

In an online campaign posted to site change.org, her mother Tracey said: "I have a very sick daughter who has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, can’t walk or talk and is tube fed, she has recently became bed bound.

"She listens to Adele from she gets up in the morning until her bedtime. All I am asking for is for Adele to FaceTime wee Rebecca or send her a video message. It would be her dream come true, Please, please help me for my beautiful sick little daughter."

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Adele visits Rebecca Gibney at home

Speaking to the Irish News following Rebecca's death, Tracey said: "She was my world; she was Joanna's (Rebecca's sister) world, we would have kept her with us forever, only it wouldn't have been fair on Rebecca.

"Everyone who met her loved her. We were delighted when Adele called to our house. Rebecca listened to her music all day and at night when I put her to bed I had to put Adele on for her, you could see it made her happy."

She also noted the efforts of Glenveagh Special School in south Belfast.

Rebecca will be buried at Roselawn Cemetery on the Ballygowan Road in Belfast on Friday, with the Requiem Mass at 9.30am in St Matthews Church.

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