Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson took to social media on Sunday to remember her late sister Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell.
The 29-year-old reality television personality passed away on Saturday night following a months-long battle with adrenal cancer.
Sharing with her 1.1 million followers, Thompson wrote, ‘This is one post I wish I didn’t have to make.’
The 18-year-old star shared a family portrait along with a heartbreaking caption as she grieved the fresh loss.
‘Last night we all surrounded Anna with love & let her know it was okay to go. Unfortunately around 11pm Anna took her last [breath],’ she said.
Alana ‘Honey Boo Boo’ Thompson (L) took to social media on Sunday to remember her late sister Anna ‘Chickadee’ Cardwell after her death was announced on Sunday; pictured with Mama June Shannon (center) and Lauryn ‘Pumpkin’ Efird (R)
Cardwell (R) died Saturday night, according to her mother, Mama June Shannon. She had been battling stage 4 adrenal cancer for months
Sharing with her 1.1 million followers, Thompson wrote, ‘This is one post I wish I didn’t have to make’
The note continued, ‘Anna was in so much pain last night but now as a family we all know she is at peace now. I really don’t know what to say as my heart is completely broken.’
The college student voiced: ‘Watching my 29 year old sister this last year battle this horrible disease hasn’t been easy. Anna was a fighter & still is. Lord please wrap your arms around her 2 babies & our family as the next couple of days will make this all a reality.’
She went on to say that her bigger sister waited until she arrived home to transition.
‘I’m so glad that you waited til i was home to take your last breath! I would’ve loved for you to get to see me graduate college but i know you will forever cheer me on in heaven!’ she said in the caption.
‘We will all make sure your legacy lives on forever. And i promise to always make sure to celebrate our birthday like you never left! The sky looks a little bit different today. We will always love you Anna,’ a heartbroken Honey Boo Boo added.
And finally, she said, ‘You hit me hard with his one Anna but i know [you’re] in a better place now and pain free forever!’
Fans extended their condolences in the comments section of the solemn post.
Jessica ‘Chubbs’ Shannon, 27, also used her social media platform to mourn her sister.
‘Last night we all surrounded Anna with love & let her know it was okay to go. Unfortunately around 11pm Anna took her last [breath],’ she said; the sisters pictured with their mother Mama June Shannon on her wedding day
Mama June was first to announce the devastating news as she shared the same family portrait that Honey Boo Boo shared
‘Everyone it hurts so say this but we lost @annamarie35 last night!
‘It’s hard to think that my sister is gone she was so young and had a bright future ahead of here. She will always be with us and we love and miss her already!!’ she wrote to 342,000 followers.
She asked, ‘Y’all keep our family and them two sweet [babies] of hers in your prayers!!
‘Anna I love you and just know we got Katilyn and Kylee for you they will be taken care of,’ she said in tribute to her sister.
The girls’ aunt Jo Shannon also acknowledged the family’s loss with a post about her niece.
‘It is with a heavy heart that we as a family have to announce the passing of @annamarie35 Anna Marie Cardwell.
‘She passed last night with family surrounding her and she had a loving peaceful transition. Heaven gained an angel and she was [greeted] by all of her loved ones who had passed before her.’
‘Please keep her husband, children and the rest of the family in your prayers as we go through these next several days. She loved the fans and all the love that you have shown during this difficult process,’ she finished before adding, ‘#CANCERSUCKS.’
Cardwell leaves behind two young daughters; Kaitlyn, born in 2012, and Kylee, born in 2015
Cardwell had previously revealed that she was battling adrenal cancer that progressed to stage 4.
Mama June, 44, was the first to announce her daughter’s death in an Instagram post on Sunday.
Two days before her somber announcement, the reality star had asked her fans on social media to pray for her ailing daughter.
‘With the breaking heart, we are announcing that @annamarie35 is no longer with us,’ June began her post. ‘She passed away in my home last night peacefully at 11:12 PM.’