Toni Braxton’s 24-year-old niece died of a heroin overdose and fentanyl intoxication, according to autopsy results released by the Maryland Medical Examiner’s Office.
Lauren Braxton, the daughter of the singer’s only brother Michael Conrad Braxton, Jr., passed away on April 29. Her tragic death was originally linked to a heart condition. But an autopsy shows that drugs were the cause of Lauren’s death, WENN.com reports.
Following Lauren’s passing, Toni, 51, took to Instagram to share a photo of herself with her late niece, writing: “R.I.P to my amazing niece Lauren ‘Lo Lo’ Braxton. I’m still in disbelief and so very heartbroken. Love you always auntie ‘Te Te’.”
Toni’s sister Tamar Braxton, 42, also opened up about Lauren’s death in a post on Instagram Live, revealing she was feeling too “drained” to attend her funeral – a decision which drew rebuke from many of her fans.
“Get..your a*s up and go to the funeral for 2 hours then get back in your bed. I’m not hearing this excuse,” one IG user angrily responded.
Toni’s sisters Towanda, 45, and Trina, 44, also paid their respects to Lauren on social media.
“Lauren Kristine Braxton. Umba loves you so much! You were a beautiful loving angel on earth .. now you are a beautiful angel in heaven,” Towanda wrote, while Trina wrote, “God sent me another angel! Rest in Heaven Lauren ‘LoLo’ Braxton.”
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