On Wednesday, August Alsina shared the news that his sister, Chandra, passed away on Christmas night from cancer.
Alsina uploaded a tribute video to his sister and mother of his three nieces featuring his song, “Other Side,” to Instagram. The video begins with Chandra helping her brother do his hair and contains other precious moments shared between the siblings.
The caption read, “We lost such a beautiful soul on Christmas Night To the battle with cancer. I am Utterly devastated & Deeply shattered! Not only for myself, but for my 3 little nieces, whom are now robbed of BOTH parents.”
“Chandra… @_chachacha My Sister, My friend, life giver to my nieces, my hair magician, my biggest supporter, my number one fan.” – August Alsina
“First they killed Mel, Now Cancer has stolen you,” Alsina continued. “What is life? Why is life? Why is THIS life? I’m calling on God for the answers. I don’t question God but THIS I’m not in agreement with. After Mel left I was always pushing you and hard on you about figuring out life’s direction & purpose for yourself..encouraging your entrepreneurship with mostly my fear speaking. Afraid & wanting my nieces to see an example of hustle, drive, determination and confidence through you so that they’d follow suit as young women.”
The singer ended his post expressing the difficulty of losing his sister and taking on the job of raising her children.
“I have trouble accepting the fact that you’re gone, so it’ll be like we’re just going for a while without seeing each other Someday hopefully I’ll find you where you are, where Peace is,” he wrote.
“Please say hello to Melvin & hug him for me, & just ask God to cover the emotions of the girls and allow their hearts to be open, accepting and able to receive love…I’m a DAD now & I have 3 daughters, & i don’t know the slightest thing about it or where to start but unfortunately I/we know loss too well. Rest In Peace my dearest sweet sister..You made it out of this hell hole.”
Read Alsina’s heartfelt farewell to his sister below.
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