Toni Braxton’s niece Lauren Braxton, known as LoLo to family and friends, passed away yesterday in her Maryland home. She was 24.
TMZ first reported the story Tuesday morning. According to the outlet, law enforcement said that they received a 911 call Monday at noon. When officers and paramedic arrived at the scene, Lauren was unresponsive. She was later pronounced dead by the paramedics.
Her father Michael Conrad Braxton, Jr. told TMZ that Lauren’s death was due to a heart condition, but he didn’t get into specifics.
Like the rest of the Braxton family, Michael occasionally appeared on the WEtv series “Braxton Family Values,” along with his sisters (and Lauren’s aunts) Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar.
Trina posted an Instagram tribute Tuesday reading, “God sent me another angel! Rest in Heaven Lauren “LoLo” Braxton,” along with a photo of Lauren.
God sent me another angel! Rest in Heaven Lauren “LoLo” Braxton. ❤️
A post shared by Trina Braxton (@trinabraxton1) on
Before her stint on Dancing with the Stars, Toni herself shared that she had been diagnosed with microvascular angina, a type of angina (or chest pain) that may be a symptom of coronary microvascular disease (MVD), per the American Heart Association (AHA).
Microvascular angina is caused by spasms within the walls of the heart’s small arterial blood vessels, causing reduced blood flow to the heart muscle, which then leads to chest pain, per the AHA.
Lauren was very active on Instagram, and often shared photos of friends and family. Her last post was six days ago, wishing a family member a happy birthday. Before that, Lauren posted a throwback photo of herself eating as a child. “#TBT && I still stay eating to this day,” she wrote.
#TBT && I still stay eating to this day 😅🖕🏾
A post shared by LoLo Braxton (@lolobrax) on
This story will be updated as more information becomes available, but right now, thoughts and well wishes go to Lauren’s father Michael and the entire Braxton family.
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