Scarlett Oliver: Sadness as young Taylor Swift fan loses fight against brain cancer

Troy de Ruyter
The Nightly
Scarlett Oliver had died iof cancer. Right: With Taylor Swift.
Scarlett Oliver had died iof cancer. Right: With Taylor Swift. Credit: The West Australian

A young Perth girl and Swiftie fanatic has sadly lost her battle against brain cancer.

Little Scarlett Oliver captivated the country at Taylor Swift’s superstar Eras tour, seeing her idol perform after securing tickets to the Sydney show at Accor Stadium.

The nine-year-old had only been given 12-18 months to live after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer known as high-grade glioma.

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In an emotional Instagram post on Sunday morning, it was announced that Scarlett had lost her fight.

Her father Paul Oliver wrote: “My Angel, so strong, so brave, so beautiful ❤️

“Nothing will ever be the same again.

“Don’t forget me and please find a way to let me know you are ok.

“Goodnight baby, I love you - Dad “It’s just not fair ”

Megastar Swift made Scarlett’s dream come true by giving her a hug and her trademark black fedora as the youngster enjoyed the record-breaking show from the front row.

Video of the exchange taken during Swift’s performance of her song “22” at Accor Stadium went viral, amassing millions of views on social media.

“For those that may share this that are not aware, Scarlett is battling an aggressive brain tumour and was granted a wish, but her wish to meet Taylor Swift was not possible through Make a Wish Foundation,” family member Paul Oliver wrote online.

“Through the power of social media and generous people, we are able to give Scarlett a chance to attend her concert. We are all so grateful.”

Scarlett had held a sign during the concert with the words: “Taylor, can I have the 22 hat?”.

She was eventually brought closer to the stage and the magic moment took place.


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