Austin hospice teen in viral Florence and the Machine video has died

AUSTIN - Months after a 15-year-old Austin hospice patient got a bedside concert from Florence and the Machine, her family said Karinya Chen died Saturday.

Chen initially had plans to see Florence and the Machine in concert at the Austin 360 Amphitheater in May, but her health declined. 

Every day, she asked staff at the Hospice Austin the same question.

"Do you think I'll be able to go? Do you think I'll be able to go?" repeated Melinda Marble to KVUE's Jenni Lee. Marble was one of the staffers who was in the room for the performance.

It didn't look good for the 15-year-old battling cancer. That's when staffers reached out to the musician, who was happy to come.

The teen sang along with the musicians as the room of people recorded with the cell phones. At least two of the videos made the rounds on the internet. The videos show Karinya grinning ear to ear.

KVUE reporter Lee spoke with Chen shortly after the video went viral

"It was a dream come true, it was the best day of my life, easily ... Florence is this Amazonian of a woman but she's such a kind and lovely and beautiful soul, lovely person, there's no one like her," Chen told Lee.

Watch the full interview with Chen:


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