💔😢 Jordan Sparks’ 16-Year-Old Sister, Bryanna Jackson-Frias Has Passed Away [DETAILS]

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Via People,

Jordin Sparks‘ step-sister has died.

The singer’s step-sister Bryanna Jackson-Frias, 16, died Tuesday evening of complications from her lifelong battle with sickle cell anemia, which 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.

“Bry went peacefully to Heaven,” Sparks’s mom, Jodi Jackson, wrote on Facebook Wednesday alongside a photo of her late step-daughter. “I can’t help
think [that] she’s smiling just like this. Thank you all for your prayers.”

Sparks, 28, first revealed Bryanna was suffering a sickle cell episode on Tuesday.

Jordin Sparks’s step-sister Bryanna
Jordin Sparks’s step-sister Bryanna

Four Angels in a week. My heart is just so heavy & broken. I’m in shock, numb and feel everything all at the same time. Leah & Rasual (one of my closest friends and her amazing other half who also was a great friend), Bryanna (my step sister) and Q (my little cousin), you were such bright lights in this crazy world. You made everyone better just by knowing them. And your smiles made anyone’s day better. The world is less sparkly without you in it. Rest In Peace and Power. I love you forever. Find Miles and hug him for me. ♥️ Tomorrow is not promised to any of us. Don’t ever skip a chance to tell someone you appreciate them or how much you love them. Please, please continue to cover their families and our family with thoughts and prayers. #unicornsdontdie #sicklecellsux

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“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.”

The sad news comes just months after Sparks revealed she was secretly married and expecting. In November, she exclusively told PEOPLE she quietly married model boyfriend Dana Isaiah, 25, in July; the pair will welcome their first child — a son — this spring.

The family asks that in lieu of gifts, donations be sent to El Paso Children’s Hospital.