Rihanna Mourns Child Actress Shannon Tavarez: “Way Too Soon”

48865, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Sunday October 31, 2010. Rihanna hides behind her red bangs as she is helped out of Wembley Studios after performing on The X Factor . Later on in the evening, Rihanna arrived back at her London hotel under the cover of a large fur coat. Photograph:  PacificCoastNews.com

Rihanna is mourning the loss of Shannon Tavaraz’s death. She was a Broadway child actress in the Lion King who had leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. Very sad…Shannon was only 11.

Just got off of a plane ride and got horrible news that our little star Shannon Taverez has lost her battle against leukemia!

Way too soon…keep her family in your prayers