R.I.P.: 11-Year-Old ‘Lion King’ Star Shannon Tavarez Taken Way Too Soon
The pretty, 11-year-old soprano, who played Young Nala in “The Lion King” on Broadway, succumbed to the disease after getting an cord-blood transplant in late August that doctors hoped wouldsave her life, according to BroadwayWorld.com.
Her plight had prompted more than 8,000 people from around the country to sign up as bone-marrow donors in a campaign in her name.
But no marrow match could be found, so she underwent the umbilical cord transplant as an alternate treatment.
Rapper 50 Cent played a big part in the outpouring of offers of help to the Bellerose schoolgirl with a megawatt smile, making a YouTube video about getting his cheek swabbed to become a marrow donor.
In less than a week, more than 3,600 people had signed up as donors online through donor center DKMS Americas.
Shannon had undergone extensive chemotherapy since she learned she had leukemia last spring. Recently, she had been struggling to stabilize in an intensive care unit, BroadwayWorld.com said.