On Tuesday morning, TMZ reported that Zayn Malik’s younger cousin had passed away battling a brain tumor for years.
Read on to learn about Arshiya Malik, Zayn’s cousin.
*This post will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
1. She Was Diagnosed With a Brain Tumor Years Ago
Arshiya was diagnosed with a brain tumor several years ago.
Her date of death has not been confirmed, however, according to Hollywood Life, Zayn’s sister, Safaa Malik, took to social media with a tribute to Arshiya on Monday, March 27.
2. Arshiya’s Mother Announced the News on Her Instagram
Arshiya’s mother, Zileh Malik, confirmed her daughter’s passing on Instagram with a post that read, “An angel wrote in the book of life my baby’s date of birth, then whispered as she closed the book.. ‘Too beautiful for earth’ R.I.P baby doll.. ❤️🙏🏽 #keeparshiyainyourduas.”
Waliyha, Zayn’s sister, also took to social media with a tribute to Arshiya.
3. Arshiya Was Put on Life Support in 2014
In August 2014, rumors swirled that Arishya had passed away after undergoing surgery for her brain tumor. The Twittersphere began falsely tweeting #RIP Arishya, however, family members squashed the death hoax by tweeting that Arshiya was alive and in recovery after her surgery.
Zayn’s cousin, Aroosa Malik, wrote at the time, “Theres no change in Arshiya’s condition however she’s still with us mashallah. Please keep praying & inshallah Allah will accept them.”
4. She Was Five-Years-Old
Arshiya was just five-years-old at the time of her passing.
At the time of Arshiya’s brain tumor operation in 2014, Zayn was performing with his One Direction bandmates on tour.
5. Zayn Has Not yet Commented on Her Passing
Zayn has not yet commented on his cousin’s passing.
Zayn and the entire Malik family have received an outpouring of love from fans on Twitter. Read on for some of the Tweets honoring Arshiya: