Austin teen, recipient of bedside Florence + The Machine concert, dies

Karinya Chen, the Austin teenager who famously received a bedside concert from Florence + The Machine in May while in hospice, died Saturday, KXAN reports. She was 15.

Florence + The Machine perform on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at The Austin360 Amphitheater. (Erika Rich for American-Statesman)

Florence + The Machine perform on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at The Austin360 Amphitheater. (Erika Rich for American-Statesman)

Chen, who had been battling bone cancer, hoped to see the English band in concert when they came to Austin that month. She was too ill to attend, however, but the staff at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House arranged for singer Florence Welch to put on a private show for Chen. Video of the performance was posted to YouTube, including a clip of Chen and Welch singing a duet of the band’s “Shake It Out.”

In an interview with KXAN five days before her death, Chen said that “if you take it one day at a time and just tell yourself don’t worry and don’t take things for granted and tell yourself that you are loved and you are blessed then it makes it a lot easier to fight.” According to the news station, Chen cared for by Hospice Austin for the last 9 months, including two stays at Christopher House.

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