In a powerful video tribute, Beyoncé honors the memory of Yosra El-Essawy, her world tour photographer who lost her fight with cancer. “You will forever be embedded in the hearts of all you have encountered. May you rest in perfect peace,” reads a message posted along with the video to her official website on Oct. 25.
The London-born El-Essawy shares the story of her diagnosis of stage 4 inoperable esophageal cancer. She was diagnosed shortly before her 34th birthday earlier this year, and her illness forced her to leave the Mrs. Carter Show World Tour after only six weeks.
"Rather than feeling, 'Oh, God, how could this happen?' I have never felt more grateful in my life," she said in the clip. "The fact the tour happened when it did was so divinely timed. God has the ability to make amazing from something terrible."
In between interview segments with El-Essawy, Bey is seen dedicating a performance to the late photographer on stage, telling the crowd, “We love you and we miss you, and we know that we’re together in spirit right now.”
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(Photo: Beyonce via YouTube.com)