Rihanna Sent Father a Ventilator While He Was Battling Coronavirus
Rihanna is putting family first.
The singer’s father, Ronald Fenty, reveals that his superstar daughter came to the rescue after he tested positive for coronavirus.
Speaking with The Sun at his home in Barbados, the 66-year-old opened up about his battle with the deadly virus and how Rihanna gave him “more than” he needed to make it through the illness.
“My daughter Robyn was checking in on me every day,” said a grateful Ronald. “I thought I was going to die to be honest. I have to say, I love you so much, Robyn. She did so much for me. I appreciate everything she has done.”
He said that Rihanna was even able to obtain a pricey ventilator “that he hadn’t used yet,” and ship it to him in the Caribbean. The singer also reportedly donated over $700,000 worth of ventilators to her home country.
After spending 14 days in an isolation center, Ronald was declared virus-free and is now back in the St. James home that Rihanna bought for him.
He also stressed the severity of the illness, encouraging others to remain quarantined. “I want everybody to stay home. This is a serious situation,” he said. “More serious than people realize. Please stay home.”
Ronald is one of over 50 coronavirus cases in Barbados, with three deaths reported so far.
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Meanwhile, Rihanna continues to give back. Her Clara Lionel Foundation has teamed up with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for a $4.2 million grant to the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles to help domestic abuse victims amid the stay-at-home order. The money will cover housing, meals, and counseling for 90 victims per week for 10 weeks, with an additional 90 victims per week for 10 weeks after that.
She and JAY-Z previously donated $1 million each toward COVID-19 response efforts to support undocumented workers, children of frontline healthcare workers and first responders, and incarcerated, elderly and homeless people in New York and Los Angeles.
Additionally, Clara Lionel donated $5 million to several global organizations to help fight coronavirus including Direct Relief, Partners In Health, Feeding America, the International Rescue Committee, and the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.