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On March 28, 2019, it was announced on Twitter that Charlie XCX’s protégé Billy Clayton died on March 22 from cancer. He was 22 years old.
Clayton succumbed to Ewing’s Sarcoma, a form of bone cancer which is particularly aggressive. Due to his illness at the late stages of his disease, it became increasingly difficult to sing.
Clayton’s mother tweeted on Twitter telling fans that he died at home peacefully. She said Clayton held on for as long as he could and his strength was more significant than anybody could fathom. She continued to say his body could no longer hold on to live the kind of life he so desperately wanted and his soul needed to be free.
His mother also said that Clayton was never able to fulfill his dream to go to Los Angeles, to make a career in music. She thanked his supporters and fans for their continuous affections and love. She wrote that it was an honor to be the mother of Clayton and will always be now and forever.
Clayton put out EP’s entitled “Bloom” and “Luminary.” His recent release “Fear” was a haunting and beautiful song about the singer’s fear of dying before he could become a famous singer. He rejected that scared feeling and became more confident.
In 2018, Charlie XCX, Allie X, and Dorian Electra performed and hosted “The Billy Ball” a concert with the intent of helping to raise fund to help Clayton pay for his medical bills and rais the public’s awareness of Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Just last year, Charli XCX, Dorian Electra and Allie X hosted and performed at The Billy Ball, a benefit concert intent on raising money to help Clayton fight his illness and to raise awareness of Ewing’s Sarcoma. Artists including Daya, Bronze Avery, Vincint, Zolita, and Charlie Hanson performed.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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