Traci Braxton, singer and reality television star, has sadly passed away.
According to TMZ, Traci battled cancer for more than a year. The outlet reports that Traci was surrounded by her sisters and her mother in her final moments.
She was 50 years old.
The star hit the spotlight after she signed to Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and L.A. Reid’s famous LaFace Records in the late 80s, along with her sisters, Toni, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar Braxton. She would then go on tour with her sister, Toni, as one of her backup singers after Toni hit the big time.
Traci and her sisters would later dominate the reality television world when their reality television show, “Braxton Family Values,” aired in 2011. the show continued to run until 2020.
During the show, Traci tried to launch her solo career, which caused some friction with her other sisters as she did not feel as though they were always supportive.
In 2014, Traci released popular single, “Last Call,” before dropping her debut studio album, “Crash & Burn.”
“I’m the only grandmother of all of my sisters and I have goals and dreams and aspirations that they don’t understand,” she told Shadow & Act in 2020. “Emotionally, you’re not there anymore and I’ve phased out of who my family is used to me being…that was my breaking point, especially when my sister’s significant others got involved because my husband doesn’t get involved in my sisters and I business even if he wanted to.”
However, Traci remained optimistic about their time on the WeTV show.
“Everyone doesn’t get along all the time,” she added. “We still love each other but right now my focus is myself and my family. I have my own queendom and household that I have to focus on and you’ll see that play out this season with my husband, son, and grandchildren.”
On Saturday morning, her son, Kevin Jr. posted a touching tribute to his mother:
“When I heard the news about my mother being sick first thing she said was I’m going to fight and beat this,” he wrote on Instagram along with a picture of him embracing his mother. “She fought to the end and today she’s at peace. I love my mother forever and this hurts so much but I’m at peace knowing she’s isn’t in pain anymore. I love you ma I’m going to miss you.”
Our condolences go out to the Braxton family.