Styles P Reveals His Daughter’s Suicide In Emotional Instagram Message
Earlier this week, Styles P posted a message to his Instagram page revealing the death of his 20-year old daughter Tai Hing. News outlets followed by reporting the news of her suicide. The Lox member wrote a lengthy message beneath a photo of his daughter outlined with wings and a screen grab from his daughter’s Facebook page. Just a few days before she took her life, Tai posted the photo to let everyone know how close she was with her father, who raised her as his own. She called him her “twin” and admitted she put him through hell and back. Still, she wanted him to know that she loved him and that she was thankful for him.
Tai could have been any one of our daughters and that makes the news of her death even more devastating. I worked with and became close to her aunt Adila back when I was at the Source fifteen years ago. Over the years, I saw Tai a few times. She was one of the sweet little girls around at birthday parties, or work events where our kids would just be hanging out in the office. As the years went by, all of our kids grew up under us. We were juggling our careers in the industry with raising our kids. Time flies, and in the blink of an eye, Tai was an adult. She was creative, enjoyed drawing and loved music. In 2014, she even created the artwork for her dad’s album, Phantom and The Ghost. An obituary explained how she was pursuing a career in nursing and art.
Without getting into any personal details about Tai’s death, her father Styles P shared the family’s loss a month after it happened. I could only imagine how hard that month has been for him, his wife Adjua and their teen-aged son Noah. She died on June 25, just a couple of days before he was scheduled to perform as part of the Bad Boy reunion at the BET Awards. People were wondering why he was missing. But while Jadakiss and Sheik took the stage to perform “All About The Benjamins” with Diddy, Styles was about to lay his daughter to rest.
In his message, Styles told his followers that nothing he’s achieved in his career has amounted to the love of his family. “I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t take this time out to say from the most humbled part of my heart and soul to say to y’all that the dream most of us chase is not, repeat is not, more valuable than the love you get from your family and friends.” He was open and honest about his own life and how losing his brother, father, aunt, grandmother in law, and now his daughter has put it all in perspective. “I rarely speak on my personal issues, and I usually express my pain through music,” he began. “Last month, my wife and I lost a daughter and my son lost a sister.” There are really no words that can express the pain that must be endured when discussing the loss of your child. As a parent, I can’t imagine anything worse.
Despite the difficult message, Styles delivered his words with strength and hope. “Life is short and we are not promised tomorrow,” he said. He signed the post, “love is love.”
Our deepest condolences go out to Styles, his wife Adjua, their son Noah, Adila, her daughter Asia, Tai’s cousin, and the rest of her family and friends. A candlelight vigil is being be held for Tai on Thursday, July 30 at White Plains High School in White Plains, New York. She will truly be missed.