Written by: Khalif Thompson
Traci Braxton, known for her reality TV show with sisters Towanda, Trina, Tamar, and R&B star Toni Braxton, died after a year of cancer treatment, according to her husband.
Traci Braxton, an actor, singer, and reality TV personality who co-starred in a program with her sisters, died on Saturday of cancer, according to her family. She was 50 years old.
"It is with the utmost regret that we inform you of the passing of our sister, Traci," her sister, R&B star Toni Braxton, said in a caption on Instagram. "Traci passed this morning as the snow was falling, our angel is now a snowflake."
Traci died of esophageal cancer, her husband, Kevin Surratt, stated in a statement sent to our closest sources, "after a year of privately undergoing a series of treatment."
Traci was described by her family as "a bright light, a wonderful daughter, an amazing sister, a loving mother, wife, grandmother, and a respected performer."
Traci also had a musical career, initially with The Braxtons, a musical group she created with her sisters. In 1989, the Braxtons signed a record deal with Arista Records. Toni eventually quit the group to pursue a solo career, and Towanda, Trina, Tamar, and Traci went on tour with her as support vocalists.
Traci's solo first album, Crash & Burn, was released in 2014. Her single "Last Call" reached number 16 on the R&B Adult chart.
Her hubby and she have been married since 1996. In August of last year, their son, Kevin Surratt Jr., celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Instagram, writing, "25 years of my parents being best friends parents and being the best at being one... I'm not big on astrology, but I feel like the stars are aligning. I love you and hope y'all have many more years together."
As word of Traci's death spread, there was an outpouring of condolences.
"When I found out about my mother being sick first thing she said was, 'I'm going to fight and beat this,'" Kevin Jr. posted on Instagram. "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 isn't in pain anymore".