On Monday, Drake posted this photo to his Instagram feed:
"Heard this young man was a big fan," Drake wrote in the photo caption. "Rest In Peace Jamal. Watch over me from way up above!'
The young man in the photo is Abdul Jamal Ottun, a 17-year old student who attended school in Surrey, England. Ottun drowned in Shawnigan Lake, B.C. earlier this month, while on a rugby tour.
His heartbroken friends started the hashtag #DrakeNoticeJamal on social media, and campaigned to have the Canadian singer acknowledge Jamal in some way online:
— jess (@Jessicaah___) July 18, 2015
The campaign went viral, with thousands of tweets and posts on Instagram:
— TrendsinUK (@TrendsinBritain) July 18, 2015
Even one tweet saying you've acknowledged this support would be great Drake #DrakeNoticeJamal— Ellen Stewart (@Ellen__Stewart) July 20, 2015
Aww 💔July 20, 2015
And it worked. Rest in peace, Jamal. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
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