Blood Orange Loses Everything in Tragic Fire, Fans Raise Money in Epic Fashion
By Scott T. Sterling
After paying his dues for years, Blood Orange (AKA Dev Hynes) has had a tremendous impact on popular music over the past year or so. Helping make the likes of Solange and Sky Ferreira into bona fide contenders with his stellar songwriting abilities (“Losing You” and “Everything is Embarrassing,” respectively), he hit pay dirt with the release of Cupid Deluxe, the second full-length under the Blood Orange moniker that’s generated waves of critical accolades.
Hynes’ awesome year took a horrific turn for the tragic this week (Dec. 16), however, with the artist losing everything (including his puppy, Cupid) in a massive New York apartment fire.
He announced the heartbreaking news with a series of Tweets, ending with the statement, “I might need some time. Thanks.”
While word of the tragedy quickly spread, SPIN reports that Robin Urbani, the mother of Hynes’ girlfriend Samantha Urbani (a member of NYC band Friends) has started a GoFundMe account to raise money for the artist, and fans have responded in a way that’s nothing less than a holiday miracle.
After being live for a mere five hours, at press time the GoFundMe page had already raised an impressive $11,305, far surpassing the original goal of $5000.
“I am overwhelmed by all the LOVE and support being offered to both Dev and Samantha!! The initial goal of $5,000 has already been reached in just 2 hours! THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE!!,” the elder Urbani posted on the page. “I hope more people will continue to share this and make even small donations…as I am sure the goal I set is only a small fraction of the value of everything that has been lost. Love to you all!!!”
Hynes, obviously still devastated by the loss, has yet to comment outside of his initial social network announcement, with a PR rep telling SPIN, “Everything Dev wants to say is on his Twitter.”
Fans and supporters who want to donate to the cause can still do so over at GoFundMe.