Right after the sudden death of Toni Braxton’s niece, Lauren Braxton, the medical examiner concluded that their report on her cause of death. E! News stated that the 24-year-old Lauren died of a heroin overdose and fentanyl intoxication on April 29. At the same time, TMZ reported that a call from 911 came in and once emergency responders arrived on the scene, Lauren was unresponsive.

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A report was released to Entertainment Tonight by the family that reads, “We ask that you please respect the Braxton family’s privacy in this time of sadness and loss. ” Lauren was the daughter of Toni’s younger brother, Michael, a songwriter, singer and only male Braxton sibling. In the days following Lauren’s death, Tamar Braxton was criticized publicly when she shared that she wouldn’t be able to attend her niece’s funeral.

“I’ve been M.I.A. because I just cannot bring myself to post about my niece,” the 42-year-old told her followers. ‘Like, I just can’t do it, but what I did want to say is I want to thank everyone for sending their condolences.” She continued, “I don’t want my sisters or my family to get upset with me, but the things that’s been going on — this is the first time that anybody in my family has passed. Nobody tells you about going to the damn funeral. I don’t have time going to the funeral.” Although she couldn’t attend, the entire Branxton family has openly grieved the loss of Lauren by sharing memories and photos on social media.

R.I.P to my amazing niece Lauren “Lo Lo” Braxton…
I’m still in disbelief and so very heartbroken 😥💔 Love you…always auntie “Te Te”

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