Toni Braxton opens up about the shocking death of 24-year-old niece: I'm 'heartbroken'

Toni Braxton has broken her silence on the death of her niece, Lauren Braxton.

On Wednesday, the singer posted a photo of herself on a red carpet alongside the late 24-year-old. Lauren is sporting long, purple braids, a white top featuring cutouts, and skin-tight leggings while her aunt rocks a short-skirted dress covered in beadwork.

"R.I.P to my amazing niece Lauren 'Lo Lo' Braxton...I'm still in disbelief and so very heartbroken 😥💔 Love you...always auntie 'Te Te.'"

Just one day prior, TMZ reported that Lauren's father (and Toni's younger brother), Michael Conrad Braxton Jr., said that her death on Monday was related to a heart condition. The outlet also reported that, according to law enforcement, Lauren was unresponsive when they responded to a 911 call on Monday afternoon. She was then pronounced dead by paramedics.

Soon after, Trina Braxton, Toni's sister, posted a photo of Lauren on Instagram along with this message: "God sent me another angel! Rest in Heaven Lauren 'LoLo' Braxton."

A rep for the Braxton family told ET, "We ask that you please respect the Braxton family's privacy in this time of sadness and loss."

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 1993: Singer Toni Braxton poses for a portrait in front of the Brooklyn Bridge in November 1993 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Catherine McGann/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 30: Photo of Toni Braxton Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - NOVEMBER 30: Toni Braxton performs at Heineken Night Live at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands on November 30 1999 (Photo by Rob Verhorst/Redferns)
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(L-R) R&B singers Toni Braxton and Tyrese. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
(L-R) Singers Toni Braxton, Tyrese and Debbie Harry, wearing dark glasses. (Photo by Dave Allocca/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of Toni BRAXTON; performing live at the 'Songs & Visions Concert' (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
Singer Toni Braxton (2R) and her sisters at Soul Train Music Awards. (Photo by Mirek Towski/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
(L-R) Singers Toni Braxton and Eartha Kitt. (Photo by Marion Curtis/DMI/Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Toni Braxton holds up her two Grammy Awards 26 February at Madison Square Garden in New York. Braxton won for Best Female Pop and Best Female R&B performance. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO/Jon LEVY (Photo credit should read JON LEVY/AFP/Getty Images)
Toni Braxton won the 2000 Aretha Franklin Award as 'Entertainer of the Year' at the '6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards', 9/2/00, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica , Ca. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Toni Braxton performs live at the '6th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards', 9/2/00, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica , Ca. Photo by Kevin Winter/ImageDirect.
Singer Toni Braxton performs at the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXIV, a 23-16 St. Louis Rams victory over the Tennessee Titans on January 30, 2000, at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
F363722 43: Toni Braxton performs during halftime of Super Bowl XXXIV on January 30, 2000. The St. Louis Rams beat the Tennessee Titans 23-16 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger)
Toni Braxton during 2000 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
383938 04: Singer Toni Braxton performs during the 28th Annual American Music Awards January 8, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Newsmakers)
380687 41: Performer Toni Braxton arrives at The Carousel of Hope Ball benefiting The Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes October 28, 2000 at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Chris Weeks/Liaison)
Toni Braxton during 2005 World Music Awards - Arrivals at Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
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E367443 April 10, 2000 Los Angeles, CA Toni Braxton at Arista Records 25th Anniversary Celebration held at the Shrine Auditorium. Photo Brenda Chase Online USA
Toni Braxton performs during Toni Braxton Performs on 'The Today Show' - August 11, 2000 at NBC Studios, Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
Toni Braxton and Marc Bouwer during 17th Annual CFDA Awards at JP Morgan Atrium in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds and Toni Braxton pose backstage at the hit musical 'After Midnight' on Broadway at The Brooks Atkinson Theater on February 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Singer/songwriter Toni Braxton promotes her book 'Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir' at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on May 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: Singer/songwriter Toni Braxton promotes her book 'Unbreak My Heart: A Memoir' at Barnes & Noble, 5th Avenue on May 20, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)
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