Justin Bieber Tweets Sweet Message After Young Fan's Death

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Sure, Justin Bieber had a tough time while on tour in South America, but the latest news surrounding the pop star doesn't have anything to do with his antics.

On Wednesday, Bieber took a moment to remember a fan he once met who passed away at the age of 10 from neuroblastoma — a type of nerve cancer that can develop in infants and young children.

"Heard little Jake is up in heaven. The world lost a great kid but I'm grateful I got to meet him. RIP Jake," he wrote.

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The 19-year-old "Boyfriend" singer also included a link to the time he surprised Jake, a fellow Canadian whose wish was to meet Bieber, in November 2011 at the Air Canada Centre.

In the video, Justin — who looks youthful and innocent and was still sporting the "Bieber" haircut he made so popular — meets Jake in the Toronto Maple Leafs locker room where he helps him tie the laces on his hockey skates before revealing a second surprise.

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"You're actually skating with the Toronto Leafs," Bieber announces. "It's gonna be fun!"

Indeed, the little boy's day seemed to be made. "Today was the best day ever," he declares at the end of the video.

The sad news comes as the singer — who just completed the South American leg of his "Believe" tour — is going through a rough patch.

Bieber is in the midst of a sex scandal after a woman video taped him allegedly post-coitus and released the footage. He also reportedly visited a brothel, was accused of illegally painting graffiti on a hotel wall, and stormed off stage after being struck by a thrown water bottle during a concert in Rio de Janeiro.

However, he's made a point of staying positive despite the drama.

 His second film, "Believe Movie," is set for release on Christmas Day.

And the singer stuck to his positivity mantra in the snippet he teased Wednesday, saying, "When you've reached a certain point in life, there are people out there waiting to see you fall. But rather than let gravity take you down, sometimes you have to take matters into your own hands … and fly."

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