Cancer-stricken teenager who was serenaded by Florence & The Machine in her hospice bed has died after five-year fight against bone disease

The private performance of Florence & The Machine came for Karinya after she missed the band’s concert because she was too sick; she has battled bone cancer for five years.

The two sang the band’s hits Shake It Out and the Dog Days are Over, Karinya passed away on Saturday in Austin, Texas. Days earlier she gave a moving interview urging people to be grateful, she battled bone cancer for five years.
She touched millions of people around the world when she perfectly harmonized with the British Grammy-winning band while lying in her hospice ward in May.


Making her day: Florence Welch held the hand of the 15-year-old patient at Hospice Austin’s Christopher House in May as she and the girl sang Shake It Out and Dog Days Are Over while backed by the frontwoman’s bandmate Rob Ackroyd on guitar.


A video of the scene, posted on YouTube, went viral, with millions of viewers in just a few minutes.

Florence held Karinya’s hand as they both sang Shake It Out and Dog Days Are Over backed by bandmate Rob Ackroyd on guitar.
Jennifer, Karinya’s mother took to Instagram to express her gratitude towards Welch, writing, ‘@florence of #Florence&TheMachine is such a beautiful and kind soul!. She brought so much joy to all of us today. What a blessing!’

Mia De Graaf

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