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Traci Braxton, Singer and Reality Star, Dead at 50 After Losing Battle With Cancer

Photo Credit: Twitter/ @iamtracibraxton
R&B singer and reality television personality, Traci Braxton, best known musically for her singles "Last Call" and "Broken Things," is dead at 50.

Braxton's publicist, Thomasina Perkins-Washington, confirmed the star died Saturday, following a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer.

Perkins-Washington said Braxton was "surrounded by family and friends at the time of her passing," in a media release.

She also shared some words from the late artist's husband, Kevin Surratt:

"We have come to a time where we must inform the public that after a year of privately undergoing a series of treatments for Esophageal cancer, our beloved Traci Braxton has gone on to glory," read the statement.

Braxton released two solo albums. In 2014, her debut effort "Crash & Burn" reached No. 11 on Billboard‘s Top R&B Albums chart and featured the single “Last Call,” which reached No. 16 on the Adult R&B Airplay chart.

Her sophomore effort "On Earth" was released in 2018. The album's lead single "Broken Things" featuring guest vocals from three of her sisters, peaked at No. 24. on the R&B chart.

While Braxton may have only enjoyed moderate success as a solo artist, her collaboration with her four sisters on WeTV's "Braxton Family Values," raised her profile significantly. Appearing alongside Grammy winner Toni, Traci, Tamar, Trina and Towanda, for seven seasons on the show chronicling the everyday ups-and-downs of the musical family — she became a fan favorite. That success led to her hosting her own radio show and a burgeoning acting career.

"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," the "Un-Break My Heart" wrote.

Her son, Kevin Surratt Jr., also posted a tribute.

"I love my mother forever and this hurts so much but I'm at peace knowing she's not in pain anymore," read his post on Instagram.

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