Shannon Skye Tavarez, 11, who began performing as Young Nala last September in The Lion King on Broadway, lost her fight with acute myeloid leukemia this week. She was diagnosed last April and received support from celebrities such as Rihanna and Beyoncé to find a bone marrow transplant. Following a bone marrow drive hosted by the Lion King cast, the number of new donors increased to 10,000, but doctors were unable to find a match. Shannon underwent a procedure with umbilical-cord blood from an anonymous donor as an alternative. Her mother told press: “Shannon’s strength and her happy, positive spirit will live on in our hearts and minds each day. Shannon’s dream was to perform on stage, and that she did. It is our hope that Shannon’s legacy will continue to inspire other brave children battling leukemia. We are grateful for the outpouring of love and prayers.” A private memorial service is being planned.