According to a post by Elijah’s cousin, Michael Watson II, the three artists contacted the preeteen on FaceTime and spoke kind, encouraging words.
“Over the past 3 years, my 11 y.o. cousin, Elijah, has battled cancer with the utmost resilience,” wrote Watson in his post. “Elijah’s physical fight is now complete, as he transitioned to heaven on Friday. He didn’t leave this world without knowing how much he was loved though.”
“Last weekend, Elijah got to meet 3 of his favorite artists — The Weeknd, J. Cole, & Drake,” he continued. “Incredibly grateful for these 3 super-humans being so caring for my family during this time. We’ll hold onto these moments forever. A special thank you to the angels, Kathryn & Krystal for helping make this happen in such a short time.”
In the clip that Watson shared, The Weeknd appears first, then J. Cole, and there are still photos of Drake appearing on the phone screen as well.
“It’s a pleasure to meet you, man. I love you, bro,” Cole told Elijah. “I appreciate that smile. Thank you.”
“I’m so honored that you find me to be one of your favorite artists,” The Weeknd told him. Thank you.”
Elijah’s mother, Kiara Swope, also thanked the three artists, as well as NASCAR race car driver Joey Logano, who recorded a message for her son and said he “missed” him.
“I just want to say a huge Thank you to @realcoleworld @theweeknd @champagnepapi & @joeylogano for showing my baby some love these last difficult days of his life,” wrote Swope. “I truly appreciate you all. #elijahstrong #f–kchildhoodcancer.”
In the comments of both Watson’s and Swope’s posts, many sent their condolences and said they’ll pray for their family.