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Katrina felt across entertainment world

B.B. King, Master P still looking for missing relatives in New Orleans
/ Source: The Associated Press

Many celebrities with relatives or other ties to New Orleans and the Gulf Coast have voiced their empathy for those devastated by Hurricane Katrina; some have been directly affected.

Fats Domino was photographed being brought to safety by boat after the hurricane hit, his daughter, Karen Domino White, said Thursday. The 77-year-old R&B legend had been reported missing by his longtime agent, Al Embry, and his niece, Checquoline Davis.

White said late Thursday she saw a photo of her father that had been taken by the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The photo showed Domino, whose real name is Antoine Domino, in jeans and a blue-striped shirt being helped off a boat by rescuers.

“We’re very relieved,” White said by phone from New Jersey.

Blues legend B.B. King, a native of Mississippi, also said he had loved ones in the area.

“I have some friends and family down in New Orleans, and also on the Gulf coast of Mississippi,” King told The Associated Press. “I’ve tried to call them several times but I can’t get through to them so I don’t know where they are.”

Morgan Freeman, whose Mississippi Delta home received only rain and high winds, helped organize an online auction for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

“We call on anybody who has even the thought (of giving) to get beyond the thought and help these people,” the Oscar-winning actor said.

Master P, also a New Orleans native, told AP that his uncle, father-in-law and sister-in-law, among others, were unaccounted for. His father was missing until recently.

“We just got caravans of family members (evacuated),” Master P told the AP Thursday. “It’s just devastating.”

The rapper-producer, who also said his houses and those of family members were under water, said he had created a foundation called Team Rescue and had helicopters searching for his missing family members.

Rapper Juvenile, who left New Orleans before the hurricane hit, lost his home, but counted himself lucky.

“I am obviously devastated by my personal loss but thank God that I was able to get my family out to safety while many families were not so fortunate,” Juvenile said in a statement. “I have lost some friends and to their families I send my deepest condolences.”

Britney Spears, who was raised in Kentwood, La., posted a message on her Web site saying her family was safe and that her “thoughts and prayers go out to everyone” on the Gulf Coast.