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‘The Lion King’ Child Star, Shannon Tavarez Dies at 11

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The 11-years-old Broadway singer, Shannon Tavarez was died on Monday at Cohen Children’s Medical Center in New Hyde Park, New York. She died of acute myelogenous leukemia, it is a type of leukemia common among adults but rare among children.

Shannon Tavarez has recently played a young Nala role in ‘The Lion King’ movie. Shannon Tavarez was in the sixth grade at P.S. 176 in Queens. Her disease is a rapidly advancing cancer, common among adults, but rare in children, that develops in the bone marrow and inhibits the production of healthy blood cells.

 Shannon TavarezShannon Tavarez and Rihanna started their singing career at earlier age. Both had campaigned to get Tavarez the bone-marrow transplant. She made her Broadway debut in September 2009 and played four of eight shows in ‘The Lion King April’ until April.

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