Musician Dev Hynes’ Puppy Perishes in Manhattan Apartment Fire

Hynes named his latest album after his beloved puppy, Cupid. Now he's grieving her loss.


On Monday evening, the Manhattan apartment of musician Devonte Hynes was destroyed when a fire broke out. Unfortunately, his puppy, Cupid, perished in the fire, too. Hynes’ resume includes writing and production duties for Solange Knowles, Florence And The Machine, and Kylie Minogue, plus a sideline as a soundtrack music composer. He had named his most recent album Cupid Deluxe.

“Big announcement — we’re parents,” wrote Dev’s girlfriend on her Instagram account as they announced Cupid to the world only three weeks ago. They accompanied the news with a picture of them both holding up Cupid, who fit snugly into their intertwined hands.

Further videos of Cupid show her to be a playful and mischievous scamp, as she wriggles around and, in one scene, appears to frolic in a pile of rose petals.

Unfortunately, Cupid’s time in her new happy home was a short one as the fire struck on December 16. The blaze also destroyed all of Dev’s possessions, causing his girlfriend’s mom to set up a fundraiser account. (It’s already quadrupled its original goal.)

“Last night, the unthinkable happened,” wrote Dev on his Twitter account. “My entire apt burnt down while I was out. I’ve lost everything I own, including scores, hard drives, clothes, sentimental items. Everything from my life is gone.” Then in heartbreaking words he added, “My dog died in the fire. I will love you forever Cupid. I miss you.”

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