Rihanna’s cousin dies aged 28 six years after brother shot dead
Posted by  badge Boss on Sep 01, 2023 - 10:44PM
Rihanna’s cousin’s funeral took place in Barbados (Picture: Getty Images)

Rihanna’s cousin Tanella Alleyne has died aged 28, according to local reports.

Alleyne died on Sunday, August 13, and a funeral was held earlier this week at St George Parish Church in Barbados, the reports.

A cause of death was not given but the publication states that her mother, Julie-Ann Bryan, said doctors saw a ‘big black mass’ after a CT scan before she died.

Alleyne’s death comes six years after her brother Tavon Alleyne was on .

He was murdered the day after he spent Christmas with Rihanna. The identity of his killer is still unknown.

The Umbrella singer attended his funeral and was , dabbing tears away from underneath white sunglasses as Tavon was laid to rest.

Rihanna with her late cousin Tanella Alleyne (Picture: Instagram)

She later uploaded two images to Instagram, one of the floral arrangement in honour of her cousin, and one a picture of him, which said: ‘Sleep well buddy…we are at peace knowing you’re in a better place than we are.’

In 2021, Rihanna paid tribute to Alleyne on the by sharing a number of photos of them together.

‘miss you and dat smile cuz. #Tavon,’ she captioned the post.

Tavon Alleyne was gunned down in 2018 (Picture: Instagram)

Alleyne was gunned down in 2018 while walking through the Saint Martin’s neighbourhood in Barbados, having celebrated the holidays with his family.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital in a private vehicle but later died from his injuries.

At the time, Rihanna paid an emotional tribute to her cousin on Instagram.

Rihanna with her boyfriend A$AP Rocky (Picture: Getty Images)

‘RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms! never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!!’ she penned.

‘Love you always man! #endgunviolence.’

The Fenty founder also shared a video showing Alleyne smiling and telling the camera: ‘It’s nice to wake up and see all of your brothers and sisters.’

Rihanna recently , another son, with boyfriend .

Metro.co.uk has contacted Rihanna’s reps for comment.