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Cardi B Will Cover The Funeral Costs For The Bronx Fire Victims
"I'm extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still."by Natalie Oganesyan
Cardi B will be covering the funeral costs for the victims of the deadly Bronx fire.
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The Bronx-born rapper will pay for the burials of all 17 victims who perished in the Jan. 9 fire, which tore through an apartment building as a result of a faulty electrical heater.
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The 29-year-old — who will be working with the mayor's previously announced $2 million Bronx Fire Relief Fund — will also cover repatriation expenses, as some of the victims will be buried in their native country of The Gambia.
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"We are grateful for Cardi B, a real superstar on and off the mic, for granting some critical financial relief to families of the victims," New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement per CNN. "The city will be forever thankful to her and also to the grassroots donors and corporate partners who have been able to offer immediate support for our neighbors in need, to reestablish themselves during this difficult time."
"I'm extremely proud to be from the Bronx and I have lots of family and friends who live and work there still," Cardi said in a press release via People. "So, when I heard about the fire and all of the victims, I knew I needed to do something to help."
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"I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the families of the victims are experiencing, but I hope that not having to worry about the costs associated with burying their loved ones will help as they move forward and heal," she continued. "I send my prayers and condolences to everyone affected by this horrific tragedy."
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The victims of the fire ranged from 2 to 49 years old, and the cause of death for all of them was smoke inhalation, per BuzzFeed News. The majority of the victims were from The Gambia, and some had even emigrated from the same town.
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For those who'd like to pitch in, head over to GoFundMe to donate to the families affected.
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