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Singer Rihanna addresses an audience after being presented with the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year Award during ceremonies, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, at the Sanders Theatre on the school's campus, in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Rihanna called for an end to gun violence after her cousin was shot and killed


Singer Rihanna on Tuesday called for an end to gun violence amid reports her cousin had been shot and killed in her native Barbados.

“RIP cousin…can’t believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!” she wrote on Instagram.

“Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!!” Rihanna added alongside crying and praying emojis. “Love you always man! #endgunviolence.”

Rihanna’s message was accompanied by a picture of her and her male cousin standing with their arms around one another.

The musician’s Instagram post about him had earned 2,085,419 likes as of Wednesday morning, and it was shared with her 59 million followers on the social media platform.

Sky News on Wednesday reported that Rihanna’s cousin is believed to be Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, 21.

Alleyne died on Tuesday after being shot while walking near his home in Lakes Close, Eden Lodge, St. Michael Barbados.

Barbadian police on Tuesday said that Alleyne was approached by a man around 7 p.m. local time who shot him multiple times before fleeing the scene.

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Alleyne was rushed to an area hospital where he ultimately died, and authorities have since launched an investigation into his fatal shooting.

Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados and grew up in Bridgetown before launching her successful music career.

Billboard last October reported that Rihanna ranks No. 1 on its list of the most-played songs each week on pop music radio.

Rihanna has an unprecedented 30 top-10 singles since making her debut on the charts in 2005 with “Pon De Replay.”

Billboard launched its Pop Songs radio airplay chart in 1992, meaning Rihanna stands atop it despite having entered its rankings halfway through its existence.

Rihanna’s highest-ranking song on the list is “We Found Love,” which features DJ Calvin Harris and peaked at No. 17.

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