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AppleInsider directs us to a great video of a Nine Inch Nails concert where NIN frontman Trent Reznor takes a break in the action to FaceTime with photojournalist Andrew Youssef.

According to a report by music site Consequence of Sound, Youssef was diagnosed with advanced colon cancer in 2011, and has spent his time since documenting his efforts to continue his photography while battling the disease in "Last Shot," a regular column for OC Weekly.

His last column appeared October 3, where he described an assignment photographing Depeche Mode, writing, "my strength is definitely not where it should be, but with the help of my brother who drove and helped carried my camera bag, I successfully accomplished my mission."

While on stage during a November 16 concert, Reznor dedicated the song "In This Twilight" to Youssef, one of Youssef's favorites and the title of a particularly moving article Youssef wrote this past September about his deteriorating health.

Youssef had previously seen NIN on November 8, but was not well enough to attend the November 16 concert as well. Hence, the heartwarming gesture from Reznor.

In a tweet that went up after the FaceTime call, Youssef was beyond thrilled.

If you're interested in learning more about Youssef and his connection with Reznor, Stereogum has a great write-up on it that's well worth checking out.

Incidentally, Reznor himself has long been an Apple enthusiast. Following the 2009 rejection of a NIN app from the App Store, Reznor posted the following on the official Nine Inch Nails message board.

Everyone – let me be clear. I love Apple products and as goofy and out-of-touch as their app approval process / policy is, I will still use them because they work 1000X better than the competition. This is not a debate, it's a fact. The iPhone is THE most elegant, modern smartphone at this point in time and it's perfect for what we want to do with the NIN app – except for the ludicrous approval process, and that's what I want to draw attention to...

For the record, the NIN app was approved a few days later.

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