- Toni Braxton’s niece Lauren Braxton’s cause of death was just revealed, according to E! News.
- Reports say Lauren died of a heroin overdose and fentanyl intoxication
- Lauren, nicknamed “LoLo” died in April at just 24 years old.
Toni Braxton fans were devastated when news broke in April that the singer’s niece Lauren Braxton had died in her Maryland home. Lauren, who was known as LoLo to family and friends, was just 24.
Her father Michael Conrad Braxton, Jr. told TMZ at the time that Lauren’s death was due to a heart condition, but he didn’t get into specifics. Now, her official cause of death has been revealed.
An autopsy from the medical examiner’s office in Maryland showed that Lauren died of a heroin overdose and fentanyl intoxication, per E! News. (FYI: Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine, per the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin.)
According to the incident report obtained by E!, Lauren was found lying on her kitchen floor by a witness who had just spoken with her 10 minutes before. The witness originally thought it was a prank but, after realizing something was wrong, called 911. The fire department and EMS arrived on the scene and Lauren was pronounced dead.
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After Lauren’s death, a publicist for the Braxton family told Entertainment Tonight, “We ask that you please respect the Braxton family’s privacy in this time of sadness and loss.”
Toni later shared a photo on Instagram of herself and Lauren on the red carpet. “R.I.P to my amazing niece Lauren “Lo Lo” Braxton,” she wrote. “I’m still in disbelief and so very heartbroken Love you…always auntie ‘Te Te.'”
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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Like the rest of the Braxton family, Lauren’s father Michael sometimes appeared on the WEtv series “Braxton Family Values,” along with his sisters (and Lauren’s aunts) Traci, Towanda, Trina, and Tamar.
Toni and the rest of the Braxton family have not publicly responded to the news.
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