Teen serenaded by Florence & The Machine dies of most cancers months after their duet

The 15-yr-previous most cancers affected person who dueted with Florence & The Machine in a viral video earlier this yr has died. 

Karinya Chen, who battled bone most cancers for 5 years, handed away in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.

She touched hundreds of thousands of individuals around the globe when she completely harmonized with the British Grammy-profitable band whereas mendacity in her hospice ward in Might. 


 In concord: Florence + The Machine gave the affected person their undivided consideration

Making her day:  Florence Welch held the hand of the 15-year-old patient at Hospice Austin's Christopher House in May as she and the girl sang Shake It Out and Dog Days Are Over while backed by the frontwoman's bandmate Rob Ackroyd on guitar

Making her day:  Florence Welch held the hand of the 15-yr-previous affected person at Hospice Austin’s Christopher Home in Might as she and the woman sang Shake It Out and Canine Days Are Over whereas backed by the frontwoman’s bandmate Rob Ackroyd on guitar

Karinya had purchased tickets to see the band in Austin. However as her bone most cancers superior, docs stated she was too sick to go.

Nevertheless, employees at Hospice Austin’s Christopher Home introduced the live performance to Karinya.

They contacted Florence Welch, the 29-yr-previous lead singer, who dropped all her journey plans to carry an impromptu personal gig at Karinya’s aspect. 

A video of the scene, posted on YouTube, went viral, with tens of millions of viewers in just some minutes. 

Florence held Karinya’s hand as they each sang Shake It Out and Canine Days Are Over backed by bandmate Rob Ackroyd on guitar.  

Karinya’s mom, Jennifer took to Instagram to precise her gratitude in the direction of Welch, writing, ‘@florence of #Florence&TheMachine is such a stupendous and type soul!. She introduced a lot pleasure to all of us as we speak. What a blessing!’ 

She added: ‘Florence is just not solely an superior artist however an much more superb human being! She made my candy pear so pleased at present.’

Final week, simply 5 days earlier than her demise, Karinya spoke to NBC News with exceptional power as she contemplated her illness.

‘Truthfully, I feel the most important factor is to not fear and worry,’ Karinya stated. 

‘I tear up just a little bit once I say that as a result of it is arduous preventing and it is a troublesome factor each single day and simply to get previous each single day.

‘However you simply need to keep in mind that there’s all the time tomorrow and in the event you take it someday at a time and simply inform your self don’t be concerned and do not take issues as a right and inform your self that you’re beloved and you’re blessed then it makes it quite a bit simpler to struggle.’  

Making her smile: The teenager smiled throughout her personal live performance with the star

Sing alongside: The teenager joined Florence in on the track as properly 

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