LONDON: Stevie Wonder’s single for the victims of Hurricane Katrina was inspired by personal tragedies he had experienced three years ago. According to, the emotional song Shelter in the rain for the suffering families of Hurricane Katrina was originally written to commemorate the death of both Wonder’s ex-wife and brother from cancer. He says,

“Three years ago I found out my brother Larry was terminally ill. Soon after Syreeta told me she was worried about a lump on her breast. Unfortunately, the doctor said the lump was a malignant tumour. It was a painful situation and I came up with Shelter in the rain around then. It was one of the lowest points in my life.”