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Toni Braxton’s niece died from overdose

MOURNING: Lauren Braxton (left) and Toni Braxton (right) (Photo credit: Instagram)

TONI BRAXTON’s niece died from a heroin overdose and fentanyl intoxication, and autopsy has confirmed.

Lauren Braxton, the daughter of the singer’s brother Michael Conrad Braxton Jr., passed away on April 29.

TMZ reported that law enforcement responded to a 911 call around midday on April 29 and found Lauren unresponsive when they arrived. According to the outlet, Lauren was pronounced dead by paramedics.

It was also initially reported that Lauren’s cause of death was linked to a heart condition, but an autopsy completed by the medical examiner’s office in Maryland has now shown that drugs were to blame.

Following Lauren's passing, the Unbreak My Heart singer took to Instagram to share a snap of herself with her late niece, writing: "R.I.P to my amazing niece Lauren 'LoLo’ Braxton…I’m still in disbelief and so very heartbroken. Love you…always auntie 'Te Te'."

Toni’s sister Trina also paid tribute to her late niece in a photo posted on Tuesday. She said: “God sent me another angel! Rest in Heaven Lauren ‘LoLo’ Braxton.”

A rep for the Braxton family also told Entertainment Tonight after Lauren’s death: “We ask that you please respect the Braxton family’s privacy in this time of sadness and loss.”

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