Tyler Perry offers to pay for funeral of twins who died in hot car

In what may be a glimmer of relief in a sad week for a mother whose twins died in a hot car in Carrollton, Tyler Perry has offered to pay the funeral costs for the two infant girls.

The Atlanta-based film director called the Channel 2 Action News newsroom and said he would pay for the funeral after watching an interview reporter Dave Huddleston did with their mother, Breal Ellis.

Ellis’ daughters, 15-month-olds Ariel Roxanne North and Alaynah Maryanne North, were found dead in a hot car Thursday. The father, Asa North, 24, was arrested and faces two involuntary manslaughter and reckless conduct charges.

Ellis, who was checking on another family member who was injured in a car crash at the time of the girls’ death, told Channel 2 she didn’t know how she was going to pay for the twins’ funeral. She lost another child a few years ago.

Perry has written, directed and produced numerous films, including “Madea’s Family Reunion” and “The Family That Preys.” His TV show “The Haves and the Have Nots” airs on OWN. His new show “Too Close to Home” airs Aug. 22 on TLC.


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