- In response to native studies, Jacob Lewis died Saturday morning whereas driving again from a Taylor Swift live performance.
- The musician’s followers have begun flooding a GoFundMe web page with $13 donations, or Swift’s favourite quantity.
- The fundraiser has has already exceeded its purpose of $75,000, reaching $134,000 by Thursday.
Taylor Swift followers are flooding a GoFundMe web page with $13 donations — the musician’s fortunate quantity — after a fellow fan reportedly died in a automotive accident on his method house from Swift’s Eras Tour on Friday.
In response to native outlet KPRC-TV, the 20-year-old Jacob Lewis died on his method house from attending Swift’s live performance in Houston together with his sister April Bancroft. Their automotive had reportedly damaged down on the freeway, and whereas Lewis stepped exterior to tried to to push the car down the street, he was fatally struck by a suspected drunk driver.
“It was the evening I had been trying ahead to for a really very long time and turned for absolutely the worst,” Bancroft instructed KPRC-TV over the weekend. “What I hope would be the worst factor I’ve to stay via.”
In a Fb publish mourning their household’s loss, Lewis’s father Steve wrote that his son had been been taking a niche yr to work and had plans to begin his sophomore yr pursuing musical theater at Sam Houston State College within the fall. Steve mentioned his son beloved taking part in “Dungeons & Dragons,” studying books, watching movies on-line. Jacob was additionally an avid Pokemon card collector and participant, having competed at three world championships.
The GoFundMe for Lewis was organized by the Pokemon Group of Houston to cowl funeral prices, its description reads. In lower than every week, donations have effectively surpassed its purpose of $75,000 (reaching $134,000 as of Thursday afternoon), largely as a result of a flood of donations from the Swiftie universe.
A majority of latest donations are within the sum of $13, a quantity that Swift references regularly in her music.
“Maintain on to the recollections, they’ll maintain on to you,” an obvious fan wrote with their $13 contribution. “Swifties keep collectively…thick and skinny,” one other mentioned.
—The Swift Society (@TheSwiftSociety) April 24, 2023
It appears Lewis’s numerous passions, and its many impassioned followers, are coming collectively to memorialize him.
“Jacob Lewis spent a few years taking part in the Pokemon TCG within the Houston space,” the fund states. “He had accomplished the World Championships, the highest-level occasion, for a few years. Due to this, he has impressed many others to attempt for extra.”
Insider has reached out to Miguel Andrade, the fundraiser’s organizer, and to Lewis’s household.