Jamaican singer-songwriter Diana King is mourning the death of her daughter, Shalamar Diana Wright, who died on August 5, 2021, at 33 years old after she was taken off life support.
The Shy Guy singer announced the news of her daughter’s passing on her social media platforms on August 5. “Fly free my luv. #SHALAMARDIANA I will forever miss u Spoog. Gratitude for choosing and blessing me with your beautiful soul,” Diana tweeted and signed affectionately “-Mom”.
Later on August 13, Diana returned to Twitter and revealed that Shalamar was on a life support machine prior to her passing.
“Death keeps it real & puts things in perspective. I never imagined having to make the decision to either keep my daughter on permanent life support or allow her to pass naturally as the free spirit she was in peace & with dignity. I’m grateful the answer was clear,” she wrote before closing with a hashtag of her daughter’s name.
DEATH KEEPS IT REAL & PUTS THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE
I NEVER IMAGINED HAVING TO MAKE THE DECISION TO EITHER KEEP MY DAUGHTER ON PERMANENT LIFE SUPPORT OR ALLOW HER TO PASS NATURALLY AS THE FREESPIRIT SHE WAS IN PEACE & WITH DIGNITY
I’M GRATEFUL THE ANSWER WAS CLEAR #SHALAMAR
— KING DIANA (@DIANAKINGDOM) August 13, 2021
Both posts were showered with condolences and tributes. On Instagram, Jamaican singer, Tessanne Chin wrote, “Soo sorry for your loss”.
American choreographer and director, Jamal Sims added “I am so sorry to hear this… I am sending you my love and prayers. Rest in Paradise, beautiful Shalamar”
Writer and producer, Angela Phillips walked down memory lane reminiscing, “Oh Diana, I am so sorry to hear about Shalamar. I remember her as a little girl back in the day and how she had grown to become a beautiful young woman. Please receive my condolences to you and your family”
On Twitter, Wayne Chen replied “this is so hard. Sincere condolences” and Media Personality Simone Clarke-Cooper commented “prayers for strength and comfort”
Shalamar was Diana King’s only child.
King is best known for her hit 1995 single Shy Guy, which peaked at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and was certified gold by the RIAA in the US. The 50-year-old singer is also known for her remake of Dionne Warwick’s I Say a Little Prayer, which was featured on the soundtrack to My Best Friend’s Wedding.