The loss for some caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy was greater than others. Singer Cyndi Lauper is one of the thousands who were left with heavy hearts once Sandy cleared. Her 90-year-old uncle was killed in the storm, according to Us Weekly.
“I lost my Uncle George in the hurricane,” Lauper revealed at Lenox Hill Hospital’s Autumn Ball in Manhattan.
Her uncle, George Stathis, was found dead in his home in Rockaway, Queens. He was one of 109 people whose lives were claimed during the storm. The waterfront area was hit extremely hard by Hurricane Sandy. His body was not recovered until five days after the weather subsided.
Lauper shared the news about her uncle during a performance at the Autumn Ball. According to Us Weekly she announced, “He was old. He didn’t want to leave his house. I was in Chicago, and I called and said [to family members], “Why did you guys leave him,” and they just didn’t think it was going to get that bad.”
The 59-year-old Lauper, a Queens native, dedicated her performance of “Time After Time” to her fallen uncle. Organizers of the Autumn Ball showed their compassion for the victims of the hurricane as well. Proceeds from the event are going to citizens of New York affected by Hurricane Sandy.
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