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Ochocinco invites widowed fan to wedding

July 4, 2012 at 2:42 PM

CINCINNATI, July 4 (UPI) -- Miami Dolphin Chad Ochocinco invited an Ohio woman to his wedding after she sent him a tweet saying she was "feeling low" because of her husband's death.

Cheryl Minton, 66, told the Springfield News-Sun that Ochocinco is paying all her expenses for the trip to St. Martin. Ochocinco was set to marry Evelyn Lozada on Wednesday on the Caribbean island.

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Minton's husband, Denzil, 72, died of a stroke two weeks ago. The couple was married July 4 and Wednesday would have been their 30th anniversary.

She said she has tweeted Ochocinco on previous occasions, going back to his days with the Cincinnati Bengals, and sometimes gotten a reply. On Tuesday, she sent him a message: "I'm feeling pretty low today. Lost my hubby 2 weeks ago. Together 30 years. Very hard. Please pray for me. Thanks..."

His response, she said, was first to ask her if she had a passport and then to tell her to pack.

"I can't thank him enough," Minton said. "I'm so anxious to see him and see him get married. It'll be wonderful. He's a very, very big hearted, warm person."

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