Teyana Taylor took to Instagram to mourn the passing of her brother, Fleeroy PC Mason, by posting a slideshow of photos. She captioned the post, “I’ve been trying to process all of this. I can’t, I am broken. A piece of me is gone that I will never get back in the flesh. I am not okay.”
Fleeroy was active on Facebook, where he revealed that he had been in the hospital battling an unknown type of cancer. On May 21, Fleeroy appeared to believe that his passing was near, as he wrote, “Lord I’m waiting on my chariot to calvary I’m so tired and thankful. I’m ready to go home.” He previously spoke about being hospitalized in September 2021 and having multiple surgeries.
Taylor is understandably devastated by her brother’s death and expressed her grief in an Instagram post late last month. As she wrote in the caption on May 31, “I’ve been trying to process all of this. I can’t, I am broken. A piece of me is gone that I will never get back in the flesh. I am not okay.”
Although Taylor called Mason her brother, he was actually her father’s son from another marriage, but they were extremely close. Taylor’s mother also made a tribute post to him, writing, “I don’t even have the words right now. Just heartbroken. Fly High, my extended son. I love you always and forever. May you sleep in heavenly peace.”
Teyana Taylor has been hot and cold when it comes to her music career. Last December, the 31-year-old R&B singer announced her retirement from music via her Instagram page, in part due to feeling “under appreciated” and “overlooked.”
As she explained, “I’m retiring this chapter of my story with the comfort that I can depart with peace of mind seeing that all the hard work & passion put in was indeed loved & supported somewhere in the world!”
In an exclusive outtake from TIME shared in March, Kanye West is seen in the studio with Taylor during summer 2017 when he was producing five albums as part of the Wyoming Sessions. In the clip, the pair are working on an unreleased song called “Cold Blooded” that didn’t make the final cut for Taylor’s K.T.S.E. album.