‘Braxton Family Values’ Star, Traci Braxton, Dead at 50

Traci Braxton has died. The vocal artist and reality TV star died on March 11, 2022. Braxton’s husband, Kevin Surratt, confirmed the news. She was 50. Braxton was best known as a vocal artist and for work on the reality TV series Braxton Family Values. The series followed Traci, her sisters, Tamar, Trina, Toni, and Towanda, and their mother, Evelyn Braxton, as they navigated their personal lives and careers.  

Traci Braxton dead at 50 of esophageal cancer 

According to TMZ, Braxton died after a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer. Kevin Surratt, Braxton’s husband, told the publication that the reality TV star had battled the illness for more than a year. He went on to say that she had undergone a series of treatments in an attempt to cure the cancer. 

Traci Braxton attends WE tv's 'Braxton Family Values' Season 6 Premiere at The Doheny Room on April 02, 2019
Traci Braxton | Leon Bennett/Getty Images

According to the publication, Traci’s family, including her sisters and mother, were at her bedside. Close friends were reportedly on hand at the time of her death, too. Braxton is the mother of one child, Kevin Surratt Jr., and the grandmother to Kevin Surratt III. Braxton’s husband, son, and grandson occasionally appeared on Braxton Family Values during its seven-season run. Braxton also appeared on Marriage Bootcamp alongside her husband.

Traci did not share her diagnosis with the public before her death. The same form of cancer took the life of Robert Kardashian Sr., the father of Kim, Kourtney, Khloe, and Robert Kardashian. He died in 2003. James Thomas Callahan, best known for his role on Charles in Charge, also died from the illness. He died in 2007. 

The Braxton family responds to Traci Braxton’s death

Braxton’s death has hit the Braxton family hard. Following the official announcement of her passing, several family members took to social media to pay tribute to the 50-year-old singer.

Trina, Traci, Toni, Evelyn, Towanda and Tamar Braxton appear at the 2011 TCA panel for WeTV
(L-R) Trina, Traci, Toni, Evelyn, Towanda and Tamar Braxton | Mathew Imaging/WireImage

Braxton’s sister, Toni Braxton, was among the first to speak out. Toni remembered her younger sister as a ‘bright light” and “respected performer”, as well as a beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and daughter, in an Instagram tribute from the entire family. She went on to say that Traci died as the snow was falling early in the morning.

Braxton’s son, Kevin Surratt Jr., 26, also paid tribute to his mother on Instagram. Surratt wrote that his mother insisted she would fight the illness as soon as she got her diagnosis. He went on to say that she fought until the end. Surratt Jr. finished his post by noting that he was at peace knowing his mother was no longer in pain.

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