NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Cher and other celebrities took to social media Monday night to show their sympathy and support following a deadly attack on the Manchester Arena where Ariana Grande had just performed a concert.
At least 22 people were killed and more than 50 injured in what Greater Manchester police are calling a terrorist-related suicide bomber blast.
Ariana Grande was not injured in the attack, which appears to have struck a ticketing area where families were beginning to leave the arena toward the end of the night’s show.
Two hours after the bombing, Grande tweeted: “broken. from the bottom of my heart, i am so so sorry. i don’t have words.”
Singer Katy Perry was among the first to post her feelings online about the incident.
James Corden addressed the issue before “The Late Late Show” Monday night.
“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Manchester tonight,” he said. “All of the security teams, all of the emergency services, Ariana and her team and all of those families affected by tonight. We’ll all go to bed, holding our little ones even tighter this evening.”
In the hours after the attack, some concert goers found themselves stranded due to police shut-down of the transit system. Hundreds of people began using #RoomForManchester on social media to offer attack survivors a place to stay overnight.
“Girl Meets World” star-turned-singer songwriter Sabrina Carpenter posted: “Just played Manchester.. crazy.. really don’t have words. I’m so sorry. should be a safe place. 😦 Thinking of all those affected.”
Other musicians and stars quickly followed suite.