Stormzy has turned up to perform at the funeral of a fan's father after spotting a message on Twitter.
Nasir Bockarie's father died in the Royal Berkshire Hospital on 8 December, the day Nasir graduated.
He sent Stormzy a message saying he and his father had both loved the song Blinded By Your Grace, and invited him to sing at the funeral.
"Don't worry if you can't," he added. "I just thought I'd try my luck". To his surprise, Stormzy replied.
Bro my Dad passed away on the day of my graduation last week Friday. Our favourite song of yours was blinded by your grace. Would love it if you could preform this at his funeral next Thursday 21st December. Don’t worry if you can’t, I just thought I’d try my luck #Hopeful
— 7 (@GodsSonNB7) December 15, 2017
End of Twitter post by @GodsSonNB7
After they exchanged private messages, Nasir posted a message saying: "All done bro! I'm actually speechless, praise god for humanity."
His cousin, Mariama Kallon, later tweeted that she was "in shock" after finding out about the star's generosity.
"I don't want to hear any slander about this man ever because I don't know many people who have a soul to match his," she wrote.
The funeral took place in Reading on 21 December and, sure enough, Stormzy kept his promise.
After the service, one of the mourners tweeted a photograph of the star, whose real name is Michael Omari, standing at a pulpit in front of a picture of Mr Bockarie.
"Massive respect for @Stormzy1 for honouring this," he added. "God Bless You."
Ms Kallon told the BBC that Stormzy had arrived with "a few members of his team" and performed Blinded By Your Grace, "a family favourite".
"Family events for us are very special, whether it be a funeral or wedding," she added.
"We try to find the positive out of everything and that can be hard at funerals, especially with younger family members.
"We did the best to give my uncle a memorable send-off and of course Stormzy really made that happen.
"We're so grateful and our family will be praying for him always."
A publicist for Stormzy confirmed to the BBC that he had attended the service.
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Rather than battle the tabloids, the spouses used the gossip to fuel the creation of two critically beloved, commercially successful records: Beyonce's Lemonade and Jay-Z's 4:44. And, in them, they offered just as many details about their private lives as they chose.
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"[They are created to] make him hot, make him authentic, make him empathetic, make him fatherly, make him conflicted, make him grieve," she said. "In the male gaze, we are so often not the gatekeepers; we're not the ferryman. Sometimes the mentor but usually only ironically, like Judi Dench's M…
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Griffiths, who is about to begin editing the Melbourne Cup drama Ride Like A Girl after finishing the shoot, endorsed Hollywood star Sandra Bullock's recent comment that it was time for women to "stop being polite" about gender equality. (more…)
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The youngsters are some of the 2,300 children who have been forcibly separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border since the White House announced a zero-tolerance policy on migrant families in May.
"The AP has just broken some new news," Maddow started.
"Um, this has just come out from the Associated Press, this is incredible. Trump administration have been sending babies and other young children – oh, hold on," she said, her voice breaking.
Maddow attempted to get through the breaking news piece one more time before moving the show over to a guest. "To at least three – three tender age shelters in South Texas. Lawyers and medical providers… I think I'm going to have to hand this off. Sorry."
Maddow took to Twitter shortly after the segment aired to say sorry to her viewers. "Again, I apologise for losing it there for a moment," she wrote. "Not the way I intended that to go, not by a mile."
She also tweeted out what she had been trying to say in her live read, writing out what was presented in the AP story. "Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the "tender age" shelters described play rooms of crying preschool-age children in crisis…" she wrote.
"Decades after the nations child welfare system ended the use of orphanages over concerns about the lasting trauma to children, the administration is standing up new institutions to hold Central American toddlers that the government separated from their parents." (more…)
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