The American rapper Cardi B promised to pay the funeral expenses of the 17 seventeen deceased in the fire of a building in the Bronx neighborhood on January 9, according to a statement sent by the artist herself.
“I can’t even imagine the grief of the victims’ families, but I hope it relieves them of not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones. I send my prayers and condolences to all those affected by this horrific tragedy,” the music star said.
The singer, who grew up in this New York neighborhood, was “immensely proud to be from the Bronx,” adding that she has “many family and friends who still live and work there.”
“When I heard that there was a fire and with so many victims, I knew I had to do something to help,” explained Cardi B, who has already starred in other donation campaigns, such as the one she made at the beginning of the pandemic with the funds raised with a remix song that warned of the dangers of the coronavirus and that came to appear in the fourth place of the most listened to hip-hop songs on the iTunes list.
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Previously, the state of New York had announced this week that it would create a fund with 2 million dollars for the relatives of the victims of the tragic accident.
According to Cardi B’s representative, the rapper coordinated with the office of the city’s mayor, Eric Adams, to make sure that the families of all victims are included in her donation and that “the final wishes of the deceased are fulfilled.”
Adams himself confirmed that the artist will cover the costs of the funeral and defined Cardi B, named “Woman of the Year” by Billboard magazine in 2020, as “a true superstar on and off the microphone.”