'Lion King' Star Shannon Tavarez, 11, Dies
The Broadway actress had been fighting leukemia since April. Rihanna and Beyonce were among the stars who appeared in campaigns to help her find a bone marrow transplant.
Broadway star Shannon Tavarez, who waged a battle against acute myeloid leukemia, has died. She was 11.
Tavarez played young Nala in The Lion King from 2009 until she was diagnosed with cancer in April. Alicia Keys and Rihanna appeared in campaigns to help Tavarez find a bone marrow donor.
When doctors were unsuccessful at finding a match, she underwent an procedure with umbilical-cord blood from an anonymous donor.
Tavarez attended the Harlem School of the Arts, and studied singing and piano since age 3. Her coach encouraged her to attend the first open audition for The Lion King at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater.