July 1, 2012 18:06
Rihanna mourns the death of her grandmother
Singer tweets tribute to 'Gran Gran Dolly'
The 'We Found Love' singer was playing a headline show at Sweden's Peace & Love festival, where she was panned by fans for a poor performance, when she was told the news. While some speculated she was intoxicated during the gig, it is likely her grief was the reason behind her unusual onstage demeanour.
Shortly after her headline show, Rihanna went on Twitter to announce the death of her grandmother, affectionately known as Gran Gran Dolly, who died after a short battle with cancer.
Goodbye #grangranDOLLY get your beauty rest until I see you— Rihanna (@rihanna) July 1, 2012
Rihanna then posted a series of private, intimate photos of her grandmother, many of them taken while she was gravely ill, on the social networking site.
The singer also received a message of condolence from her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown's mother Joyce Hawkins, who tweeted: "@rihanna ANGEL MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW. LOVE YOU ANGEL."
Rihanna is due to headline Wireless Festival, which runs from July 6–8 in London's Hyde Park. Drake and Deadmau5 are the event's other headliners.
See WirelessFestival.co.uk for more information about the festival. To check the availability of Wireless Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.
- Previous: Linkin Park knock Justin Bieber off the UK Album Chart top spot
- Next: The Stone Roses' 'fifth member' hails Heaton Park finale