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Rihanna Shares Touching Tribute To Fan Who Died of Cancer

December 28, 2018

On Thursday, singer Rihanna took to Instagram to share the news of the passing of a fan who lost her third battle with cancer over the Christmas holiday, according to Billboard.

The "Don't Stop The Music" artist posted a selfie of her and Monia at a London event in June on her social media that read "Navy Angels! This Christmas, we lost a beautiful spirit who was such a pillar of strength to us! Most of our friendship she’s spent in a hospital or doctor’s office! This picture was just a few months ago, she looked at me and said 'Rih the cancer is back' I’ll never forget the fear in her eyes this day!"

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"Still she pushed forward, fighting the fight everyday with the Navy behind her supporting her every step of the way! We are all heartbroken about this!!! You will never be forgotten! Love you my angel @moniasto fly in peace." Rihanna adds.

They two stayed in touch, often posting on each other's social media. In early December, the Grammy-winning singer wrote words of encouragement in Monia's treatments. 

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Rihanna also posted a video with the caption "Miss you already sis."