Eminem Terminally Ill Fan Dies Day after Visit

1/13/2015 7:15 AM PST

Eminem -- Terminally Ill Fan Dies One Day After Visit

The terminally ill fan Eminem visited over the weekend, passed away Monday afternoon ... just about 24 hours after he got to meet his favorite rapper.

17-year-old Gage Garmo -- who was battling a rare type of bone cancer called Osteosarcoma -- died the day after Em arranged a secret visit to Gage's home Sunday ... and spent an hour talking and hanging out with him

Gage's family said the visit really raised his spirits. 

A candlelight vigil was held last night by friends and family at Rochester High School -- where he'd been the football team's manager.