Actress and singer Traci Braxton dies of cancer at 50

Traci Braxton, top left, with sisters Towanda, from left, Toni, Trina and Tamar in 2011.
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Entertainer Traci Braxton has died following a battle with cancer. She was 50.

“It is with the utmost regret that we inform you of the passing of our sister, Traci. Needless to say, she was a bright light, a wonderful daughter, an amazing sister, a loving mother, wife, grandmother and a respected performer. We will miss her dearly,” said a statement released by her family.

“Traci passed this morning as the snow was falling, our angel is now a snowflake. We ask that you respect our privacy as we plan to send her home with love, celebrating her life. We are family forever.”

Braxton’s husband Kevin Surratt told NBC News that Traci had been undergoing treatment for esophageal cancer during the past year.


As an actress, Braxton appeared in films including “Sinners Wanted” and “Chaaw.”

She is best known for the reality series “Braxton Family Values,” appearing with her siblings Toni, Towanda, Trina, Tamar and Michael.

She recorded the hit song “Last Call” in 2014, and “Broken Things” with her sisters Toni, Towanda and Trina in 2018.

“When I heard the news about my mother being sick first thing she said was I’m going to fight and beat this,” her son Kevin Surratt Jr. posted to his Instagram on Saturday. “She fought to the end and today she’s at peace. I love my mother forever and this hurts so much but I’m at peace knowing she’s isn’t in pain anymore. I love you ma I’m going to miss you.”