Steven Tyler Grants Dying Man’s Wish to Meet Him [VIDEO]
Is there a Rock Star you've always wished you could meet?
Steven Tyler made a Skype call recently to fulfill a dying Chicago man's wish to meet the Aerosmith lead singer.
On the band's official fan website, Aeroforceone.com, a video posted Monday showed the fan in a Chicago hospital bed surrounded by friends and family when Tyler made the call.
In a flurry of movement and chatter, a computer was placed in front of Lawrence Ori and Tyler’s face came into view via a Skype video call.
“Lawrence? This is Steven,” Tyler said. “I’m coming to you from L.A. and I’m so glad to meet you.”
Ori couldn’t respond, but his eyes went wide. His girlfriend Joanie Dziak held his hand and spoke for him. Dziak told Tyler about Ori’s passion for rock music and Aerosmith. She couldn’t even count how many times Ori had seen the band in concert. She showed Tyler the Aerosmith tattoo on Lawrence's bicept.
Ori’s family waved and called their thanks from where they were situated around the room.
That’s the great thing about music, Tyler said, that it brings people together and really gets into your soul.
“It's so beautiful to see so much love around him right now,” he added.
The call didn’t last too long as Ori’s strength was waning and his emotions were running as high as they ever had.
“You hold on, Lawrence. I love you man,” Tyler said. “Great to meet you.”
Ori’s eyes were full of unshed tears, according to the website. Dziak bent down to hug him, whispering in his ear. The rest of his family quietly closed in on his bed, celebrating the moment that had been a lifetime coming.
Ori passed away that afternoon, with “Dream On” in the background and a smile on his face.
The Skype call was arranged by the Passages Hospice Dream Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to fulfilling unmet wishes and improving quality of life among hospice patients.