Rihanna’s grandmother has passed away after losing her battle with cancer. The devastated R&B star, who delayed a recent trip to Europe to spend time with her family and visit Clara ‘Dolly’ Braithwaite, confirmed the passing on Twitter, writing:
“Goodbye #grangranDOLLY. Get your beauty rest until I see you.” A few moments later she added, “#grangranDOLLY that is all.”
And her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown’s mother Joyce Hawkins felt the singer’s pain, offering her words of condolence after hearing the awful news. Hawkins tweeted,
“Angel, may God b with you and your family in your time of sorrow. Love you, Angel.” The note prompted Rihanna to reply, “@mombreezy thank you! Love u mama.”
The Umbrella singer spent Father’s Day in hospital visiting her sick grandmother, posting playful photos of herself with Braithwaite on Twitter and writing,
“My heart smiled and cried all at once.” The singer admitted it was tough to leave her family as she jetted off to London the following day, “I didn’t wanna leave NY! I kept missing my flights,” she continued.
Reports from Barbados suggest Braithwaite’s body will be flown home to the islands from New York by air ambulance overnight.