Nfld. & Labrador

Cancer-stricken Johnny Reid fan dies, 2 weeks after serenade

The Newfoundland woman who was unexpectedly serenaded by Johnny Reid during a concert in St. John's has died.
Cancer patient Brenda Lake was about to leave the Johnny Reid concert in St. John's Sunday, when the country star called her up on stage. 5:20

A cancer-stricken Johnny Reid fan, whose story made headlines after she was serenaded by the singer during a concert in St. John's, has died.

Brenda Lake, a business owner from the Burin Peninsula, died on Friday. She was 48.

Lake's story made news after she was brought onstage at a Reid concert at Mile One in St. John's on April 3.

She was facing a grim cancer diagnosis at the time, and told the St. John's Morning Show she decided to leave the concert early after a long day.

That's when her phone began to ring.

"Everyone was texting us and telephoning us and saying 'you know you have to come back in, Johnny Reid wants to see you,'" Lake said in April.

Lake had spoken to the singer at a meet-and-greet, but said she had no idea the impression she had left on him.

Reid called her up to the stage, and starting singing What Love is All About as he wrapped his arm around her.

"He told me that I have made an impact on his life, that I've made him see different ... see life in a different way," Lake said in April.

Lake passed away at the Grand Bank Health Centre on Friday.

With files from The St. John's Morning Show


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