Rihanna’s beloved cousin Tanella Alleyne dead at 28

Rihanna’s cousin Tanella Alleyne died suddenly at the age of 28 in Barbados, according to Loop Barbados News.

The Grammy winner’s beloved relative, whose death comes just six years after her brother Tavon was fatally shot, was laid to rest Monday in Barbados’ St. George Parish Church.

The service had Rihanna’s powerful ballad “Lift Me Up” play as family and friends gathered to pay tribute to Alleyne, the outlet noted.

During the eulogy, Alleyne’s adoptive mother, Julie-Ann Bryan, remembered her as a woman who “lived a life of gratitude with an outrageous amount of attitude, sprinkled heavily with confidence.”

“There was something special about Nella,” she said, per the outlet. “She was bold and courageous. Our love for each other was lit.”

A cause of death has not been given.

Alleyne, who boasted over 55,000 Instagram followers at the time of her death, also tragically lost her twin sister Taneisha when they were just 14.

At the service, her adoptive mother expressed gratitude for getting time to love “Taneisha for 14 years and Tanella for 28 years, till He called them home.”

The self-proclaimed fashion lover’s brother Tavon was shot dead on Boxing Day in 2017. He was 21.

He was killed the day after he spent Christmas Day with the “Love On The Brain” hitmaker,

She later took to social media to pay tribute, writing, “Sleep well buddy…we are at peace knowing you’re in a better place than we are.”

 who attended his funeral. At the service, Rihanna was seen overcome with emotion as her cousin was paid to rest.

In 2021, the singer marked four years since his death on Instagram, sharing a series of photos of them together.

Tanella’s death comes just weeks after Rihanna gave birth to her second child with boyfriend A$AP Rocky.


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