Toni Braxton on How She Feels Late Sister Traci Is 'Saying Hello' to Her
By Mona Khalifeh
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Toni Braxton is speaking out about her sister, Traci Braxton's passing. In a virtual appearance on Tamron Hall Tuesday, Toni shared the signs she feels her late sister has been sending her since her death.
"I'm a rain girl, I love when it rains. My sister Traci, she loves when it snows, and she died that morning when it was actually pouring down snow in Virginia. So, my sister is now a snowflake," Toni shared. "And her favorite bird was a hummingbird and I saw a hummingbird the other day, and it just kind of flew around and kind of suspended itself, and I was like, 'Traci?' and it started bumping and going up and down. So, that made me feel so much better, I felt like she was trying to say hello to me."
Toni said that Traci, who died earlier this month after a battle with cancer, said their family banded together in Traci's final days.
"Her [Traci] and her son were so close, her and her grandson and her son's wife. We were just a big family. We were all there. Her son was there, husband was there, everyone was there. Her best friends were there, everyone was there with her. She had so much love," the GRAMMY-winning singer gushed. "The hospice nurses were incredible. You never think that it's going to happen to you and your family. So, you have to remind yourself to enjoy the moments, be happy and it's okay if you fuss and fight, but just enjoy the moments and try to just smile and be happy. Be kind to one another."
Toni said she and her sisters, Tamar, Tawanda and Trina, plan to mark Traci's upcoming birthday by having a "big Traci day" to celebrate the singer. She was 50 years old.
"Her birthday is coming up soon on the second, and my sisters and I are going to celebrate and have a big Traci day thingy. So, I'm excited about that," Toni added.
Toni also said that she tries to "relish" in the time that she got to spend with Traci and applauded her parents for raising her and her sisters to be so close.
"We're so close. We're more than sisters. We're kind of like twins, I like to call it. We're bound together by more than just DNA, by blood and it is just something special that my parents did such a fantastic job raising all of us together, making us so close. And so, to lose one, makes it a little more difficult sometimes. I wake up every morning and I go, 'Did I dream it? Did I dream it?' and I have to remind myself 'No, she's gone but she's been here with us for 50 years.' So, I try to relish in that moment and try to smile about it, and just be grateful for the time you have," she shared,
"We always loved each other. And we're just very fortunate to have had my sister with us for as long as we did," Toni added.
Traci had been suffering from Esophageal cancer. In a statement shared with ET shortly after her passing, Traci's husband, Kevin Surratt said, "We have come to a time where we must inform the public that after a year of privately undergoing a series of treatment for Esophageal cancer our beloved Traci Braxton has gone on to glory."