Steven Curtis Chapman Loses Daughter in Tragic Accident


May 22 2008, Published 8:00 a.m. ET

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A horrible tragedy befell the family of Christian music singer Steven Curtis Chapman on Tuesday when the Grammy-winner's five-year-old daughter Maria was killed in a tragic accident at their Nashville-area home.

According to police reports, Chapman's daughter Maria Sue was struck in the driveway by an SUV driven by the singer's teen son, who apparently did not see the child. The injured child was rushed to nearby Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she was later declared deceased.

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Maria Sue was the youngest of Steven and wife Mary Beth's six children. Like two of her other siblings, Maria had been adopted by the family from China. The couple founded the charitable organization Shaohannah's Hope to help assist others in giving second chances to children around the world in need of adoption.

Our condolences go out to the Chapman family in this troubled time.


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