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Rihanna donates $1.75 million to Barbados hospital


Rihanna's Twitter death in January 2012 was a bit more elaborate than most. Her hoax even came with the backstory that the singer was killed in a plane crash. Thankfully, it wasn't true.


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Rihanna has given $1.75 million to a hospital in Barbados, the island country in the Caribbean where she was born. Rihanna made the announcement about her donation at a ceremony at the island's Queen Elizabeth Hospital, CBS reported.

Rihanna made the donation in honor of her grandmother Clara "Dolly" Braithwaite, who died this summer. Rihanna visited the hospital on Saturday with her mother Monica Fenty and Dolly's husband Lionel, E! reported

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The hospital's radiotherapy unit has been renamed the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, after Rihanna's grandmother. The money is being used to buy three new pieces of medical equipment, the Associated Press reported

"This was my way of giving back to Barbados, in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program...I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives or at least extend them," Rihanna told E!