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Bruno Mars performs "Perm" at the BET Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, June 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

Bruno Mars donated $1M from his Michigan concert to victims of the Flint water crisis


Bruno Mars said Saturday that he will donate $1 million from his Michigan concert to help those affected by the Flint water crisis.

He made the announcement during his show in Auburn Hills, which is located about 30 miles from Detroit. Mars explained that he and tour promoter Live Nation will be redirecting funds to The Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

In 2014, Flint switched water sources and failed to add corrosion-reducing phosphates, which allowed lead from old pipes to leach into the water. Experts suspect this could be linked to the Legionnaires' disease outbreak that killed 12 people.

"I'm very thankful to the Michigan audience for joining me in supporting this cause," Mars said in a statement. "Ongoing challenges remain years later for Flint residents, and it's important that we don't forget our brothers and sisters affected by this disaster."

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint later thanked the Grammy-winning star in a Facebook post.

"We know Bruno Mars' $1 million gift will be transformative to the children and families of Flint," Isaiah Oliver, the president and CEO of the foundation, wrote. "He understands the issues faced by Flint citizens, and we are touched by his concern and generosity."

Mars performed at the Palace of Auburn Hills as part of his sold out 24K Magic World Tour.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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