Brad Paisley Tells “Nightline” He and His Wife Are Victims of a Dying-Child Hoax

Brad went so far as to sing “Amazing Grace” on the phone to the little girl.

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It started with an e-mail from a stranger, a woman who told Kimberly Williams-Paisley that her young daughter was dying of cancer.

“She said that her daughter had begged her to get in touch with me,” Kimberly told ABC’;s Nightline for its Wednesday (Nov. 6) episode.

That started a bunch of e-mails and phone calls to the mom and the little girl, and Kimberly got her country star husband, Brad, to join her in the efforts to console mom and daughter.

Brad even sang “Amazing Grace” and other songs to the little girl. But after the girl allegedly passed away, the mom wouldn’t give them an address to send flowers. And that’s when the red flags started popping up. Brad and Kimberly had been scammed, and they later found out that the pics of the little girl were pics of an actual girl who’s battling cancer.


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Brad said, “That’s the sickest part about this to me. That is the part that when I start to talk about that, that’s when I get really mad. That there were real kids, that there were real photos involved.”

Other celebs also have been scammed by the woman who calls herself Carrie, Nightline reports, including Christian singers Mandisa and Natalie Grant.

Brad vowed on the show to find the real identity of Carrie to stop her from upsetting and scamming others.

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