“My Heart Is Just So Heavy & Broken”: Jordin Sparks’s Stepsister, 16, Dies From Sickle Cell Anemia Complications
Jordin Sparks has had a lot to celebrate lately, including marrying model Dana Isaiah and announcing that the couple are expecting their first child together, a baby boy. But Sparks and her family are currently dealing with an especially tough loss this week, as the star’s 16-year-old stepsister passed away from sickle cell anemia complications.
Her name was Bryanna Jackson-Frias, and she was the daughter of James Jackson, the husband of Sparks’s mother, Jodi. On Tuesday, the 28-year-old singer asked for prayers for her sister while Bryanna was in the hospital dealing with the effects of an episode.
“Please keep my little sister, Bryanna, in your prayers,” she said in her Instagram stories. “She’s suffering from complications from sickle cell and is in the ICU fighting for her life.”
Sadly, her father shared that she passed on that very day.
“Our newest Angel,” he wrote on Facebook. “Wings pinned 1/30/18 5:05 pm”
Sparks’s mom also regretfully shared the news after asking for prayers for her stepdaughter.
Making the loss all the more difficult for everyone, Sparks also lost her close friend, singer Leah LaBelle, who died in a car accident this week along with her husband, former NBA player Rasual Butler. And also, her cousin passed within the last seven days as well.
“Four Angels in a week. My heart is just so heavy & broken,” Sparks wrote. “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”
As for the loss of her sister, the family is burying the teen on Monday. They ask that people donate to create a space in the hospital she was in called “Bry’s Corner” to raise awareness about sickle cell anemia.
“Our mission is to create awareness and help those in need and to make sure Bry’s death was not in vain,” the GoFundMe reads.