I wrote a few weeks ago about my own distance from the CCM world and how I still respect and listen to a few artists. Steven Curtis is one of them. I just got the terrible news of the accidental death of their 5 year old daughter Maria. My prayers and sympathies go out to the family. Here’s the press release.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — The 5-year-old daughter of
Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck
and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother,
Steven Curtis Chapman’s daughter was fatally struck by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother Wednesday.
The girl, Maria Sue, was hit in the driveway of the family’s home
Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage
brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway
The brother, whose name and exact age weren’t available,
apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are
“It looks like a tragic accident,” she said.
Several family members witnessed the accident, which happened in
Williamson County just south of Nashville. The girl died later at
Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, hospital spokeswoman
Laurie Holloway said.
In a statement, Velvet Kelm, a publicist for Chapman, said Maria was the Chapmans’ youngest daughter.
Chapman, who is originally from Paducah, Ky., and his wife have
promoted international adoption and have three daughters from China,
including Maria. They also have three biological children.
singer’s Web site says the couple was persuaded by their oldest
daughter to adopt a girl from China. The experience led the family to
adopt two more children and create Shaohannah’s Hope, a foundation and
ministry to financially assist thousands of couples in adoption.
The Chapmans did missionary work at Chinese orphanages in 2006 and 2007, according to the Web site.
“After our first trip to China, my wife and I knew our lives were
changing — our eyes and hearts were opening to how big God really is,
and we have wanted to experience more of that,” Chapman says on the Web
“We’ve really wondered whether or not we should just go to
China and stay there. But I don’t think so. I believe God is saying, ‘I
want you to go, get your heart broken, your eyes opened, and then take
this story back to the church in America and around the world.”‘
The 45-year-old singer also has released a book about being a father
titled “Cinderella: The Love of Daddy and his Princess.” He has won
five Grammy awards and 54 Dove awards from the Gospel Music
Association, according to Kelm