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Rihanna mourns cousin shot dead after Christmas

SADDENDED: Rihanna (Photo credit: PA)

RIHANNA HAS shared some family heartbreak with the world, revealing the death of her cousin on Instagram, who was shot dead not long after Christmas Day.

The 29-year-old singer posted a series of photos of her and the late family member and called for an end to gun crime on Wednesday (Nov 27).

"RIP cousin... can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!", the Barbadian singer wrote to her 59 million followers on the social networking site.

She added: "Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!"

According to the Evening Standard, local news service Nation News reported the victim of a shooting in St Michael, Barbados on Boxing Day as Tavon Kaison Alleyne, 21, citing police.

Alleyne is believed to be the star's cousin, according to reports.

Investigations are ongoing by police in Barbados.

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