Traci Braxton, a singer who was the sister of Toni and Tamar Braxton, has died, PEOPLE confirms. She was 50.
Toni, 54, announced the news of her sister’s death in a statement shared on Instagram Saturday.
“It is with the utmost regret that we inform you of the passing of our sister, Traci,” she wrote alongside a black-and-white image of herself and her siblings.
“Needless to say, she was a bright light, a wonderful daughter, an amazing sister, a loving mother, wife, grandmother and a respected performer. We will miss her dearly,” Toni continued.
“Traci passed this morning as the snow was falling, our angel is now a snowflake. We ask that you respect our privacy as we plan to send her home with love, celebrating her life,” the “Un-Break My Heart” singer added. “We are family forever.”
The Braxton family also confirmed Traci’s passing in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
Traci’s husband, Kevin Surratt, confirmed the news of her death in a statement obtained by PEOPLE, noting that she died following a cancer battle throughout the past year.
“We have come to a time where we must inform the public that after a year of privately undergoing a series of treatment for Esophageal cancer our beloved Traci Braxton has gone on to glory,” Surratt said.
Traci “was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her passing,” a representative for Traci tells PEOPLE.