One of Rihanna’s cousins has died.
The 29-year-old vocalist on Tuesday took to Instagram to mourn her fallen relative, indicating she had just spent Christmas with him.
‘RIP cousin… can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!’ the Barbados-born beauty wrote.
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Painful time: Rihanna, 29, said on Instagram Tuesday that her cousin had died, indicating that she had just spent Christmas with him
‘Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!!’ the Umbrella singer wrote to more than 59 million Instagram followers, adding, ‘Love you always man!’
The Diamonds singer added the hashtag, ‘#endgunviolence,’ at the end of the post, insinuating that her cousin’s passing was the result of a shooting.
She later added a memorial panel to her Instagram Stories, with a black background adding his handle – @merka_95 – and writing, ‘Rest up lil cuz,’ with emojis of praying hands, a crying face and a broken heart.
The Grammy-winner shared four shots along with the post, illustrating how close she and her cousin were.
Better times: The Rude Boy hitmaker shared a series of shots in which she was posed with her relative
Heartache: The You Da One singer added the hashtag, ‘#endgunviolence,’ at the end of the post, insinuating that her cousin’s passing was the result of a shooting
Grieving: Rihanna intimated that she had spent time with her cousin as recently as Christmas Monday
Her cousin’s account featured images of the singer, including one in which he wished her a happy birthday in February.
He wrote: ‘Every day we are happy to have you in our lives. Happy Birthday cousin, we really love you. Your presence in my life is a source of joy and happiness. To my favorite cousin, may all your dreams and wishes come true. #LoveYouLoads #wishyoumanymoretocome.’
A number of the singer’s fans were quick to offer kind words amid the difficult time.
Sad: The singer expressed her grief through a powerful series of emojis
Sad: The musical artist was posed with her cousin in a number of shots on his Instagram
Hometown hero: The songstress frequently returns to her native Barbados to meet with family
‘I’m so sorry to hear about what happened,’ one fan wrote, adding ‘my thoughts and heart are with you and your family now, I love you so so much.’
Another chimed in, ‘You have always been there for us @rihanna, so let us be there for you in return.
‘We are a family and if a member of our family is bad we all sum it up. RIP to your cousin #EndGunViolence! We are with you my love, we love you RiRi,’ adding the hashtag, ‘#StayStrongRihanna.’
The singer had previously taken to social media over the Christmas holiday, showing off her fab form in a red gown by designer Christopher Kane amid a winter cold.
She said, ‘When you sick af but yo friend let you wear his dress,’ in a caption on the post, later adding in her Instagram Stories, ‘1st day of Christmas $anta gave to me: the cold!!!’
Outpouring: A number of fans took to social media to offer condolences to the singer