Raven-Symoné announces tragic death of her younger brother

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By Asiya Ali

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Raven-Symoné, the former star of Disney Channel's That's So Raven, has announced the death of her younger brother.

The 38-year-old actress shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram on Monday (December 11).

In the video message shared to followers, Symoné expressed gratitude to everyone for helping her celebrate her recent 38th birthday but revealed it had been a "bittersweet" occasion.

Watch her video below: 

"It was a little bittersweet for me to be honest because last month I lost my brother, Blaize," she revealed. "He was battling colon cancer for about two years and he is in a better place now."

The Raven’s Home star said that Blaize is "loved and missed," adding: "The emotions that have been weaving in and out of my body and mind and my family, have been a roller coaster."

She concluded the clip by stating that she would share more on her late brother's birthday, December 16. "I love you, Blaize. His birthday is December 16 and forever will be," she said.

"I love you, guys. My family on Instagram, my family at home, and my family and friends. You guys have been such an amazing support system and I love you all," she added.

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Raven and Blaize during the Helping Hands Event at Ronald McDonald House on July 22, 1992. Credit: Ron Galella / Getty

A number of The Best Podcast Ever's famous friends and co-stars took to the comment section to send their love and support to Raven-Symoné during this difficult time.

High school musical star Monique Coleman wrote: "Oh nooo. So sorry to hear this! Sending you so much love," while musician Jojo beautifully penned: "Raven I am so sorry for your loss. You are such a beautiful soul and I pray you and your family can find tiny moments to smile to feel some semblance of peace in this incredibly painful time. Sending love to u, ur family, and anyone who knew and loved ur beautiful brother."

"This was really hard to see and hear. My deepest condolences. This one hurt. Sending love and blessings to you and your family. @ravensymone call me if you ever need anything, sis," fellow Disney star Shanica Knowles said.

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Raven-Symoné, mom Lydia Gaulden, and brother Blaize Pearman. Credit: Ron Galella / Getty

Raven-Symoné's Cheetah Girls co-star Sabrina Bryan commented: "I am so sorry to hear this news Raven! You were always such an awesome big sister who loved and adored her baby brother! Sending healing prayers to you and your family during this difficult time."

In addition to this, Cheetah Girls co-star Kiely Williams also added: "I am so sorry. There are no words that can ease this kind of pain, but I hope you can find moments of peace and comfort in the weeks and months ahead. You and your family are in my prayers."

Lastly, the actress' wife, Miranda Maday - whom she married in June 2020, after first meeting in 2015 in a gay bar in Hollywood - commented a sweet "love you" on the video as well.

Our thoughts are with Raven-Symoné's family and friends at this time.

Featured image credit: Monica Schipper / Getty

Raven-Symoné announces tragic death of her younger brother

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Raven-Symoné, the former star of Disney Channel's That's So Raven, has announced the death of her younger brother.

The 38-year-old actress shared the heartbreaking news on Instagram on Monday (December 11).

In the video message shared to followers, Symoné expressed gratitude to everyone for helping her celebrate her recent 38th birthday but revealed it had been a "bittersweet" occasion.

Watch her video below: 

"It was a little bittersweet for me to be honest because last month I lost my brother, Blaize," she revealed. "He was battling colon cancer for about two years and he is in a better place now."

The Raven’s Home star said that Blaize is "loved and missed," adding: "The emotions that have been weaving in and out of my body and mind and my family, have been a roller coaster."

She concluded the clip by stating that she would share more on her late brother's birthday, December 16. "I love you, Blaize. His birthday is December 16 and forever will be," she said.

"I love you, guys. My family on Instagram, my family at home, and my family and friends. You guys have been such an amazing support system and I love you all," she added.

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Raven and Blaize during the Helping Hands Event at Ronald McDonald House on July 22, 1992. Credit: Ron Galella / Getty

A number of The Best Podcast Ever's famous friends and co-stars took to the comment section to send their love and support to Raven-Symoné during this difficult time.

High school musical star Monique Coleman wrote: "Oh nooo. So sorry to hear this! Sending you so much love," while musician Jojo beautifully penned: "Raven I am so sorry for your loss. You are such a beautiful soul and I pray you and your family can find tiny moments to smile to feel some semblance of peace in this incredibly painful time. Sending love to u, ur family, and anyone who knew and loved ur beautiful brother."

"This was really hard to see and hear. My deepest condolences. This one hurt. Sending love and blessings to you and your family. @ravensymone call me if you ever need anything, sis," fellow Disney star Shanica Knowles said.

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Raven-Symoné, mom Lydia Gaulden, and brother Blaize Pearman. Credit: Ron Galella / Getty

Raven-Symoné's Cheetah Girls co-star Sabrina Bryan commented: "I am so sorry to hear this news Raven! You were always such an awesome big sister who loved and adored her baby brother! Sending healing prayers to you and your family during this difficult time."

In addition to this, Cheetah Girls co-star Kiely Williams also added: "I am so sorry. There are no words that can ease this kind of pain, but I hope you can find moments of peace and comfort in the weeks and months ahead. You and your family are in my prayers."

Lastly, the actress' wife, Miranda Maday - whom she married in June 2020, after first meeting in 2015 in a gay bar in Hollywood - commented a sweet "love you" on the video as well.

Our thoughts are with Raven-Symoné's family and friends at this time.

Featured image credit: Monica Schipper / Getty