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Shannon Tavarez Dies

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People: Shannon Tavarez, the 11-year-old Broadway singer whose fight against cancer drew the attention of Alicia Keys and Rihanna, has died.

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The soprano from Queens, New York, who recently played Young Nala in The Lion King on Broadway, passed away after a long battle with acute myeloid leukemia.

Doctors had been unable to find a bone-marrow match for a transplant. Tavarez had received an umbilical-cord transplant in late August as an alternative.

Tavarez's struggle struck a chord with Keys and Rihanna, both of whom started their singing careers at an early age. Both had campaigned to get Tavarez the bone-marrow transplant she needed.

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