Justin Bieber’s tweets are pretty banal for someone with 31 million people hanging onto his every word: A YouTube link here, a retweet of a fan there, all spaced out between such bland philosophical asides as ‘cereal is really good.’ But the Biebs broke form on Sept. 26, when he tweeted a simple, sweet sentence: ‘RIP Avalanna. i love you.’ His tweet referred to Avalanna Routh, a 6-year-old super fan who passed away after battling a rare form of cancer for most of her short life. Routh came to Bieber’s attention following a Facebook campaign that amassed more than 12,000 supporters. The pop star then spent Valentine’s Day playing board games with the self-proclaimed ‘Mrs. Bieber’ and her mom. The experience clearly touched Bieber, who tweeted about their date and, eventually, her passing. Beiber’s tweet went viral, fathering 223,000 retweets and more than 100,000 favorites, proving that his Beliebers care about more than just believing in him.
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