After surviving the Orlando nightclub shooting that killed 49 this past June, Tony Marrero looked to Katy Perry's music for comfort.
And during his recent appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Tony finally got to tell the pop singer in person how much he's helped her following the tragedy. Amid talking to Ellen DeGeneres of the impact her song "Rise" made during his recovery process, Katy—tears in her eyes—walked out onstage to surprise Tony.
The two then shared an emotional hug, before Perry told Marrero, "I don't know how I'm going to get through this. Your story is so inspirational."
Tony attended Pulse nightclub on the evening of the shooting with his best friend and co-worker, 22-year-old Luis Vielma. While Luis did not survive, doctors considered Tony's survival a miracle because despite being shot four times in the back and once in the arm, none of the bullets hit any vital organs or his spinal cord. Recounting the heartbreaking event to Ellen, Marrero also shared that he had "died" on the way to the hospital.