Rihanna Mourns Deceased Child Actress

By: / November 3, 2010

Rihanna has had her good days and bad days over the last couple of years. Yesterday was definitely one of her bad days.

The “Who’s That Chick” singer took to her Twitter account on Tuesday to mourn the passing of 11-year-old Broadway actress and personal acquaintance Shannon Tavarez, who lost her battle with acute myeloid leukemia on Monday.

Rihanna wrote,

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

Rihanna had developed a close relationship with Tavarez, who appeared in the Broadway production of The Lion King. After hearing of her illness, the Barbados-born singer befriended the young thesp, publicly lobbying with Alicia Keys to find bone-marrow donors for her.

Tavarez was diagnosed in April, when she began to experience mysterious leg pain.