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Rihanna donates $1.75M to hospital, gets an unwanted visitor

December 24, 2012|By Christie D'Zurilla

This past weekend in Barbados, Rihanna was giving, and then she was nearly receiving — an unwanted visit from a swim-up stranger.

The Barbadian pop star marked Saturday with a ceremony to commemorate her gift of $1.75 million worth of medical equipment to the island's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in honor of her grandmother, who died in June. The hospital's radiotherapy unit was renamed Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine, recognizing Riri's "Gran Gran Dolly," who succumbed to cancer.

"This was my way of giving back to Barbados in a form of philanthropy, by assisting the QEH in its continued modernization program," the singer said, according to the Stabroek News out of Guyana.

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"I believe that this will have a huge impact on the people of Barbados. This was all done to save lives or at least extend it. ... Thank you. I’m really excited about it."

Sunday was exciting too, but in a less pleasant way. While Rihanna was lounging by the pool outside her vacation home on the island, security guards intercepted a German man just 12 feet or so from her location, according to the Sun.

"He looked fairly harmless but it was a little too close for comfort," a witness told the paper. Authorities were called to the scene.

Police said man was not a stalker and posed no threat to Rihanna, according to TMZ. The guy reportedly swam up onto the beach without realizing he was on private property.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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