Tavarez, who played Nala in the Lion King musical, underwent an umbilical-cord blood transplant in August as an alternative to a bone marrow transplant (which is what she really needed), but it wasn’t enough to save her.
Rihanna tweeted about the death:
"Just got off of a plane ride and got horrible news that our little star Shannon Taverez has lost her battle against leukaemia!”
"Way too soon… keep her family in your prayers."
Rihanna has urged her fans to register as bone marrow donors, and we agree! Go register and don’t let beautiful people like Tavarez die needlessly!
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