International diva Mariah Carey faced an agonising decision after the son of a close friend was found dead earlier last month (JUN03) - would she carry on with her concert or stay and console her grieving pal?

After much soul-searching the GLITTER actress decided not to disappoint her legions of fans and flew to South Korea for the scheduled gigs - which began in Seoul on 21 June (03) - leaving longtime manager LOUISE McNALLY to grieve alone for her son CONOR, who had taken a lethal overdose.

A source from the Carey camp adds, "Instead of coming back, Mariah taped a message for the funeral. She also performed a tribute to Conor at the first show, singing THROUGH THE RAIN. And she's been on the phone with Louise constantly."

02/07/2003 17:22