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Rihanna Mourns Loss of 11-Year-Old Broadway Singer

Rihanna Mourns Loss of 11-Year-Old Broadway Singer

Rihanna is mourning the loss of 11-year-old Broadway singer Shannon Tavarez, who battled acute myeloid leukemia.

Shannon, who performed as young Nala in The Lion King, captured the hearts of Rihanna and Alicia Keys, both of whom worked to get the word out about bone marrow donation to help those fighting leukemia.

“Just got off of a plane ride and got horrible news that our little star Shannon [Tavarez] has lost her battle against leukemia,” Ri tweeted. “Way too soon…keep her family in your prayers.”

To learn about bone marrow donation and how you can help, visit

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shannon‘s family and friends.

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# 1
RIRI LOVE !!!! @ 11/03/2010 at 3:33 pm


# 2

Oh so sad :( When Children die (so young) it’s just not fair :( poor little girl.. and poor parents and family who have to deal with this tragedy.
My thoughts and prayers go out to them.

# 3


# 4

so sad R.I.P

# 5

So sad. RIP, precious child.

# 6

R.I.P Shannon. My prayers go out to you. My deepest sympathy to her family.
R.I.P Riri.

# 7

wish i could of seen her act. Saw her on YouTube she was really good.
Gotta live your life like its your day.

# 8

She’s a beautiful angel now. God bless her family!

# 9
[I n F a m o u s l y C o o L] @ 11/03/2010 at 7:24 pm

…this is the kind of post perez would put up, but he wouldn’t even have mentioned rihanna. it’s about time you start stepping up.

jensenLUVER tanya @ 11/04/2010 at 10:26 am

from what i heard she was a very talented and strong girl. she was dedicated in helping other during her sickness. so sad her life ended so soon. they said it was hard for her to get a donor because she was a minority. We need to bring this awareness 2 ALL city schools and around the world. Im from philly and was never educated about any of this growing until I moved away. RIP. I send my prayers…..

poor baby ! rest in peace princess !!!

May her soul rest in peace.
God bless

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