It would be an understatement to say that Tyler Perry is a very rich person. The actor/writer/director/producer built his name, his brand and his vast fortunes throughout the past twenty years in exceptional fashion, rising up the ranks and proving himself to be one of the wealthiest men in Hollywood. And today, Perry is putting his wealth to good use. As it was just revealed, the well-known entertainer is helping to pay the towering bills of four kids who recently lost their single mom.
In Alpharetta, Georgia, in the parking lot of Wells Fargo Bank, Tynesha Evans was recently shot and killed. The shooter was allegedly Othnel Inniss, the late mother's boyfriend, as it was reported by USA Today. In the wake of this tragedy, Evans' four children — which includes three daughters and one son, of which two of them are minors — currently face the threat of eviction, along with the mounting debts that come from funeral expenses and paying the payments now that their mother has passed away suddenly. It would certainly be a stressful situation for anyone, but it's definitely going to be a challenge for these youngsters who will need to learn how to live without their mother. Thankfully, Tyler Perry was moved by their story and has offered to write the checks during these difficulties.
At this tough time, it's hard to know what one feels — especially as a child. But Audrey Turner, one of the kids, recounted how shocked she was when she got a call from Tyler Perry, informing her and her grieving siblings that he will help to pay off the loans that have been amounting in the wake of their mother's passing, saying:
In addition to paying the funeral expenses and the house debts which risk foreclosing these grieving youngsters during this difficult moment in their lives, Tyler Perry has also offered to pay the bills to fly Tynesha Evans' body to her hometown in Wisconsin for a second funeral that Perry is also willing to pay for. Furthermore, Tyler Perry also paid the college tuition of 18-year-old Sharadiant Turner to assure her that she doesn't need to drop out of school in the wake of her mom's untimely death. The kids called Perry "an angel on Earth" for his good deeds.
It is most certainly a kind and gracious offer and gift from Tyler Perry, who doesn't know these grieving children but wants to help them during their time of need. It can often seem as though the folks in Hollywood are very far away in the recesses of their lives of grander, but this extremely generous donation from Perry proves that celebrities can use their money for good in times of great sorrow for others.
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Will is an entertainment writer based in Pittsburgh, PA. His writing can also be found in The Playlist, Cut Print Film, We Got This Covered, The Young Folks, Slate and other outlets. He also co-hosts the weekly film/TV podcast Cinemaholics with Jon Negroni and he likes to think he's a professional Garfield enthusiast.
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