ATLANTA – Supporters have gathered around the Braxton family after the news that Toni and Tamar Braxton's niece, Lauren Braxton, died this week, but some fans are criticizing Tamar Braxton for not attending the funeral. Her niece.
Lauren Braxton, who was 24 years old, died of a heart condition on Monday, April 29, according to USA Today. She is the daughter of Braxton's brother, the sisters Michael Braxton. She is also the niece of Traci, Towanda, Trina and Tamar Braxton, who star in the We TV reality show "Braxton Family Values," which is often filmed in Atlanta.
Tamar Braxton tackled her niece's death and her busy schedule in a recent Instagram Live video. In the video, she talks about her participation in the concert tour of Dungeon Family by Kandi Burruss in Chicago.
Braxton said her niece's death had been "a lot" for her, since her niece's death marked "the first time someone in my family died."
In the three-minute video, Braxton complained of a "split" headache. He also told him that more than 3 million fans of his schedule and that being "exhausted" would not allow him to attend the funeral of Lauren Braxton.
"I do not have time to go to the funeral, I'm still exhausted from that … It's a lot … Everything happens in the divine order of God and you have to respect and praise him anyway."
Shortly after publishing the IG Live, Braxton posted some of the comments on his comments on his Instagram page. The image in the publication says: "PSA: Do not tell people how to cure something you've never been through".
Several Instagram users disagreed with their comments. The user @chatauquaiam responded to the Braxton publication and commented: "Tamar, that's your blood brother's daughter! All I'm going to say is: what if nobody came to your son's funeral, God forbid?
The user nini214129110 said she thought that Tamar Braxton's decision was "just selfish … if you did not go, you could not post about it or whatever, then stay quiet and stop boasting for your own benefit".
Braxton had some support from his fans after the video posted.
"You do not have to explain why, just do what you have to do for yourself. The public does NOT need to know everything. Your family understands that this is so! ? "
"You do not have to explain anything to anyone PERIOD … pray for your strength sis and that you continue to be blessed …"
According to Legacy.com, Lauren Braxton was a resident of Brooklyn, Maryland, and her funeral services will be handled by Hari P. Close Funeral Service.
This story was written by Stephanie Toone for The Atlanta Journal-Consitution.
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