Watch the Crying Flute Player Who Went Viral

Screen Grab of NCAA Crying Flutist
Screen Grab of NCAA crying flutist

College basketball can be heartbreaking, as one young sports fan proved yesterday.

The NCAA Tournament game between Villanova and North Carolina State was a nail-biter until the end, with the underdog NC State pulling a late win by three points (71-68). The sudden victory was devastating for Villanova fans – especially one piccolo player in the school's spirit band, who was captured on-camera crying through her dutiful playing.

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The clip, which the Big Lead reporter Jason McIntyre dubbed "the saddest flutist in the world," has since become a viral sensation. Watch the footage that started it all:


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