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Colorado girl visited by Taylor Swift dies after battling cancer

The Colorado teenager who got a surprise visit from Taylor Swift while battling cancer has died, her mother announced Monday.

Delaney Clements, 13, passed away from neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer. She first caught national headlines two years ago after a friend who shaved her head in solidarity with the bald Delaney was booted from school for violating a dress code.

Then, after moving to hospice care last December, Delaney got an early Christmas present through the form of Swift's visit.

Delaney's mother announced her daughter's passing in a Facebook post.

"With all the sorrow a heart can hold, we are beyond grief at the loss of the most amazing person in our lives," Wendy Campbell wrote Monday morning. "Please more than ever respect our privacy at this time as we mourn the loss of our beautiful angel."

Swift's visit to Delaney followed a campaign a local radio station started for a visit by the superstar entertainer.

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Campbell posted several photos of the visit, which she called “the best Christmas present ever" for her daughter.

Swift also posted photos from her visit in an Instagram collage in which she wrote in the caption, "Merry Christmas Baby."

Last week, Delaney's mother noted that her daughter's condition had deteriorated and that Delaney was “sleeping more and more, almost 16 plus hours a day.”

Delaney was diagnosed with neuroblastoma when she was 8. Two years ago, she appeared on TODAY after her friend, Kamryn Renfro, shaved her head to show support for Delaney but was then barred from attending school.

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