Lifestyle Health Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks with Mom of Daughter, 12, with Alopecia Who Died by Suicide Niki Ball, the mother of 12-year-old Rio who dealt with severe bullying over her alopecia, talked with Pinkett Smith about her daughter and how she was affected by the skin condition By Julie Mazziotta Julie Mazziotta Twitter Julie Mazziotta is the Sports Editor at PEOPLE, covering everything from the NFL to tennis to Simone Biles and Tom Brady. She was previously an Associate Editor for the Health vertical for six years, and prior to joining PEOPLE worked at Health Magazine. When not covering professional athletes, Julie spends her time as a (very) amateur athlete, training for marathons, long bike trips and hikes. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 31, 2022 11:14 AM Share Tweet Pin Email After speaking out about her own struggles with alopecia, Jada Pinkett Smith is meeting with some of the millions of people and their families dealing with the same condition. On Wednesday's episode of Red Table Talk, Pinkett Smith, 50, along with her daughter Willow Smith and her mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris, sit down with Niki Ball, the mother of a 12-year-old daughter who also suffered from alopecia. Ball's daughter Rio was severely bullied over her hair loss and died by suicide in March. Rio had started to develop alopecia while at home early in the pandemic, Ball explained. It started with a bald spot on her head, and soon Rio's hair started falling out "by the handful," leading to a diagnosis of alopecia areata. "With the hair loss, she was so strong," Ball says of Rio in this exclusive clip from the episode. "She still rocked it even when it was falling out, and she just had these big bald patches. Tried the creams. They made her break out. Tried the injections, she took five of them in one day. But neither of them really did anything." Rio then asked, "can we just shave my head?" Ball says. "And so we did. And she just GLOWED." Jada Pinkett Smith Has Been Open About Her Alopecia — Here's What She's Said About Hair Loss (L-R) Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Niki Ball. Jordan Fisher "And then with school coming up, we got her that super cute wig, she loved it, and she glowed then," Ball continues. "But at school, within a couple of weeks, she was like, 'I don't want to wear it anymore, there's no point.' She had it ripped off her head. She'd get smacked upside on the head walking down the hallway. And that was within the first two weeks, three weeks. It got really bad for her." For more on Jada Pinkett Smith, listen below to our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day. The kids at school called Rio a "naked mole rat," a "bug-eyed alien" and "Mr. and Mrs. Clean." Ball says that three weeks before her death, Rio "had a really bad day" at school and "just lost it" when she got in the car to go home. "I knew this was very serious," Ball says. RELATED VIDEO: Dad Lets Daughter With Alopecia Shave His Head She spoke with the teachers and administrators at Rio's school, and talked to Rio about how much the people around her loved her, saying that she had "an army of people" on her side. On March 14, 2022, Rio died by suicide. Ball says it "was the worst day of my life." "She was so smart. She was just brilliant," Ball says. "And she was funny. She was a great big sister. She loved reading and writing and sketching. She loved being in the band." Barry's Anthony Carrigan Was Told to Quit Acting, 'You're Not Attractive Anymore' Because of Alopecia (L-R) Adrienne Banfield-Norris, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith and Niki Ball. Jordan Fisher As Pinkett Smith cries along with Ball, she tells her that Rio's story is one of the reasons why people "need an understanding around the devastation of this condition." A new episode of the Emmy-winning Red Table Talk on alopecia will stream Wednesday, June 1 at 9am PT/12pm ET on Facebook Watch.