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Girl who received carolling last wish has died

A terminally ill eight-year-old girl, who had thousands of Christmas carollers singing outside her home to fulfil her final wish, has died, her family said.

Eight-year-old Delaney Brown. Credit: Team Laney

Delaney Brown from Pennsylvania, US, "passed away quietly with her loving family by her side" early on Christmas morning, a family spokesman told the Associated Press.

On Saturday night, thousands of singers gathered outside her home in a bid to grant her wish of a huge festive sing-along.

The songs included Frosty the Snowman, Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer with a chorus of Happy Birthday ending the event because Delaney had turned eight on Friday.

Shortly after the carolling began, the family's Facebook page showed a picture of the girl with both of her thumbs up and text saying: "I can hear you now!!! Love you!"

Delaney, whose nickname was Laney, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia in May.


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