Pop hopeful and Charli XCX protege Billy Clayton dies of bone cancer at 22
The aspiring pop star suffered from an aggressive form of bone cancer known as Ewing's Sarcoma, which made it difficult for him to sing toward the end.
Pop hopeful Billy Clayton died of bone cancer on Tuesday (Mar 26), announced his mother on his Twitter account. The aspiring pop star and protege of Charli XCX was 22.
The singer was suffering from an aggressive form of bone cancer known as Ewing’s Sarcoma, which made it difficult for him to sing toward the end of his life, reported Billboard.
In a note posted on his Twitter account, Clayton’s mother Becky Clayton said the singer died peacefully in his home on Tuesday evening. “He held on for so long and had more strength than anyone could ever imagine,” she wrote. “But his body would no longer allow him to live the life he desperately wished for and his soul needed to escape to be free.”
Clayton was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma four years ago, when he was 18. He spoke candidly of the strain the disease had inflicted on him but said his art and music had kept him motivated even at his lowest points.
In an interview with Billboard last December, Clayton said: “I do this because I believe it’s what I’m meant to be doing,” Clayton said. “The drive is from a place of enjoyment, excitement, passion and generally the need to be a creative individual.”
The artist put out EPs in 2016 and 2016, titled Luminary and Bloom respectively.
Just last November, Charli XCX, Dorian Electra and Allie X hosted and performed at The Billy Ball, a benefit concert with proceeds that went towards Clayton’s immunotherapy treatment in Germany. The concert featured performances by Chester Lockhart, Vincint, Jesse Saint John, Leland, DJ Baby Uniq and Zolita, among others.