Shannon Tavarez Dies
Alicia Keys and Rihanna had supported the young Lion King star in her cancer fight
The soprano from Queens, New York, who recently played Young Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, passed away after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Doctors had been unable to find a bone-marrow match for a transplant. Tavarez had received an umbilical-cord transplant in late August as an alternative.
Tavarez’s struggle struck a chord with Keys and Rihanna, both of whom started their singing careers at an early age. Both had campaigned to get Tavarez the bone-marrow transplant she needed.
Tavarez made her Broadway debut in September 2009, playing four of eight shows a week in The Lion King until April, when she was diagnosed.
BroadwayWorld.com was the first to report Tavarez’s death.