Singer, Jordin Sparks’ 16-year-old step-sister Bryanna Jackson-Frias, has died. She died Tuesday evening of complications from her lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia.
Sickle cell anemia causes red blood cells to stick to vessel walls, blocking blood flow and preventing oxygen from reaching tissues; the lack of oxygen can damage organs and cause pain so severe it requires hospitalization.
Jordin Sparks’ mom, Jodi Jackson took to her FB account on Wednesday, shared a photo of her step-daughter and wrote:
“Bry went peacefully to Heaven. I can’t help to think [that] she’s smiling just like this. Thank you all for your prayers.”
Before her sister’s death, Jordin Sparks who is expecing her first child with husband, Dana Isaiah, on Tuesday wrote:
“Please keep my little sister, Bryanna, in your prayers,” the American Idol alum captioned an Instagram Story. “She’s suffering from complications from sickle cell and is in the ICU fighting for her life.”