As Bob Marleys death approached, the singer had become one of the biggest draws in America.
But as he passed away on Wednesday, a new and unexpected fan in town was at his side: a young man named Aaron.
“I was just standing in line for the autograph line,” Aaron told ABC News in a phone interview.
“I was trying to find a place to sit and just sit in a quiet spot and just cry.
I didn’t have much of a choice, because he was in a coma and he wasn’t able to talk.”
Marlies last concert at Carnegie Hall drew in more than 12 million people.
The singer’s funeral was scheduled for Monday.
A small crowd was expected in attendance, but as many as 200,000 people were already on hand to attend.
Aaron was at Marley concerts across the country before his death, but this was his first in a hospital.
He had been taken to a local hospital in June.
Marlley’s death came just two days after his wife, Debbie Marley, died.
His family is still mourning.
“He was an amazing person and one of my best friends, he was my brother and he was a big part of my life,” Aaron said.
“When I lost him, it was just a shock to the system.”
In a series of tweets, Bob Marlyn, Bob, Bob and the rest of the Bob Marlys announced their intention to hold a private memorial service in the coming days.
They did not immediately offer details.