R&B singer Emani 22 dies aged 22 following ‘tragic accident’

R&B star Emani 22 has died aged just 22 following a “tragic accident”

The singer, who was best known for hits such as ‘Feelings’ and ‘Close’, passed away on Monday, with her manager confirming the sad news to People

“It is with heavy hearts that the family of Emani has confirmed her passing,” the manager’s statement read. “They would like to share that although she fought courageously and the medical team went above and beyond doing everything in their power to aid in her recovery, on Monday, October 11th, Emani succumbed to the injuries she sustained after a tragic accident. At this time, Emani’s family is asking for privacy to mourn and honor her life and memories.”

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In another statement to People, record producer J Maine expressed his sorrow upon hearing the news. 

“Emani 22 was a wonderful individual that literally brightened up any room she was in,” he said of the singer, whose real name was Emani Johnson. “I worked on music with her, and helped her put together her last project which was ‘The Color Red’ … It hurts so bad to know that the last time I saw her was the last time I’d ever see her again.”

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Rapper Bhad Bhabie also paid tribute, sharing a throwback photo of the pair on Instagram. 

“I don’t even know what to say…This doesn’t even feel real,” she wrote. “I used to spend almost everyday with you. You taught me so many things. You are my inspiration for many things (hair,nails, style, etc) my big sister 😔. I’m gonna miss you so much.”

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