The Braxton family is mourning the loss of one of their own.
Traci Braxton, the singer, actress, and reality television personality, died on Saturday (March 12) after a private battle with cancer. She was 50.
Traci’s husband Kevin Surratt confirmed the news to TMZ. “We have come to a time where we must inform the public that after a year of privately undergoing a series of treatment for Esophageal cancer our beloved Traci Braxton has gone on to glory,” he said.
Traci’s family including her mother and four sisters were reportedly by her side when she passed.
In an Instagram post, Toni announced her sister’s passing. “It is with the utmost regret that we inform you of the passing of our sister, Traci,” she wrote. “Needless to say, she was a bright light, a wonderful daughter, an amazing sister, a loving mother, wife, grandmother and a respected performer. We will miss her dearly.”
She continued, “Traci passed this morning as the snow was falling, our angel is now a snowflake. We ask that you respect our privacy as we plan to send her home with love, celebrating her life. We are family forever.”
Traci’s son, Kevin Jr., honored his mother with a touching tribute. “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 alongside a photo of them hugging. “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.”
Traci appeared on the family’s WE tv reality series, “Braxton Family Values.” Her solo debut album, Crash & Burn, was released in 2014 featuring the hit single “Last Call,” which reached No. 16 on Billboard’s R&B Adult chart.
She was also an actress, who appeared in films including Sinners Wanted, All In, and The Christmas Lottery.
Traci was the second oldest of her five sisters, including Toni (born in 1967), Towanda (born in 1973), Trina (born in 1974), and Tamar (born in 1977).