The Egyptian-born British photog was a staple on the tour, but also shot riveting images from the Egyptian revolution, in addition to weddings, events, and Beyoncé's 2015 calendar. The news comes not even a year and a half following her diagnosis while on tour with Beyoncé. After being forced to leave the tour, El-Essawy kept fans updated of her progress on her Instagram account, and there was nary a shortage of optimism, either.
In honor of her friend's struggle, the singer dedicated a performance of "Halo" to her during the tour last spring, in addition to creating a mini-documentary on El-Essawy's passion.
Her passion for life and not taking for granted the beauty in the world was inspiring. On Saturday evening and Sunday morning, Beyoncé posted two photos in homage to her friend El-Essawy, the first being a nod to a post of El-Essawy's from this summer:
Our thoughts go out to her family, friends, and loved ones during the tragic time.