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Megan Thee Stallion is donating money to a late fan.
The Grammy-winning performer says she gave $8,155 to cover some of the funeral costs of a fan who “passed away unexpectedly” after the fan’s friend reached out for help on social media.
According to the GoFundMe page, Shaniah Scales died Thursday at home and family members were having a difficult time funding a $16,000 bill for the funeral. After reaching the halfway mark for the goal, @selenachichis tweeted Megan asking for her help.
“Meg we lost a hottie our best friend passed away unexpectedly. They absolutely loved you, listening to ur songs was something we did every time we were together. We’re helping their family w funeral costs. We started a gofundme & are halfway there,” @selenachichis tweeted.
A few hours later Megan responded: “How much do y’all need?”
The “Good News” rapper followed up with a screenshot of a donation under her real name Megan Pete for more than $8,000.
Donations from others poured in, exceeding the GoFundMe goal by almost $200.
“I am crying so hard. I will ride for you until the day I die. I know our friend is up in heaven smiling so hard right now. I can’t believe this. Thank you for helping us and their family,” @selenachichis tweeted.
USA TODAY reached out to @selenachichis and Megan Thee Stallion’s reps for comment.
This isn’t the first time Megan has given back.
Last week, the rapper announced a full-ride scholarship to Roc Nation School of Music, Sports and Entertainment for a student looking to start a career in the music industry.
“Getting an education is incredibly important to me, I still have academic goals that I want to achieve, so if I can use my resources to open doors and create opportunities for at least one student, then it’s a victory,” she said in a press release.
In March, after the Atlanta-area spa shootings that killed seven women and one man, most of them of Asian descent, Megan donated $50,000 in partnership with retailer Fashion Nova and journalist/activist May Leed to the Atlanta chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice.
“I am heartbroken by the loss of eight individuals taken from their families on March 16 in a senseless, violent attack against Asian Americans,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “We stand in solidarity with all Asian Americans in saying that enough is enough.”
Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff