Young ‘Lion King’ Star Shannon Tavarez Loses Battle with Leukemia

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11-year-old Shannon Tavarez from Queens, NY  lost her battle with acute Leukemia Monday at Cohen Children's Medical Center.  She had been battling Leukemia since April 2010.  She played young Nala in 'The Lion King' on Broadway.  She beat out hundreds of young hopefuls for the role at the first open audition held at Harlem's Apollo Theater.  She has been singing and dancing since she was 3 and studied at Harlem School of the Arts.  

The cast members held donor registration drives to help the young singer.  Stars Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and 50 Cent all joined in the cause to help Shannon find a bone marrow donor.  A perfect match was not found.

"A lot of kids don't have donors in their families, so they have to look to strangers to be the donor for them," 50 Cent said during the drive.

Our thoughts go out to her family and friends.

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