Traci Braxton dies at age 50 following cancer battle

The sister of singer Toni Braxton and star of the hit family reality TV show "Braxton Family Values” passed away after battling cancer in the esophagus, according to her family

Singer, actor and reality TV personality Traci Braxton has died at age 50. According to her family, Braxton had been battling cancer in the esophagu

Her husband, Kevin Surratt, said in a statement, "We have come to a time where we must inform the public that our beloved Tracy Braxton has risen to glory after a year of private esophageal cancer treatment

Perkins-Washington said that while Braxton's sisters, mother and friends were with her when she passed away, she also spent her last years in hospice

"When I heard the news of my mother being ill, the first thing she said was I'm going to fight and defeat it," her son, Kevin Surratt Jr., said in an Instagram post on Saturday. "She fought till the end and today she is at peace

"I love my mother forever and it hurts a lot but it gives me comfort to know that she is no longer in pain," he said. "I love you mom I'm going to miss you"

Braxton's sister, Grammy-award winning artist Toni Braxton, also posted a tribute on Instagram

"Tracy passed this morning because it was snowing, our angel is now a snowflake," she said on Saturday