Trina Braxton is mourning the sudden loss of her ex-husband, Gabe Solis. The 43-year-old Texas native, who was married to Braxton for 12 years, passed away on December 20 following a battle with cancer.
News of his death comes as a shock to many fans, who remember his relationship with Braxton as a frequently-discussed topic on the Braxton Family Values reality show. The former couple appeared on an episode of OWN’s Iyanla: Fix My Life earlier this year, where they were seen working through some of the challenges that plagued their relationship in an effort to move on and strengthen their friendship.
Braxton took to her personal Instagram page to speak on her ex-husband’s passing for the first time on Sunday, revealing that the initial news of his death was shared without the family’s consent and asking fans to give the family privacy as they grieve. The heartfelt caption was accompanied by a photo of Braxton, Solis and Braxton’s two sons.
“Like all families, there are good and bad moments that are endured, but those moments, good or bad still made us who we are in the present,” Braxton wrote. “Unfortunately, someone leaked the story before we could make everyone aware of his passing, and I apologize to those friends and family members for finding out through social outlets. I also apologize directly to the Solis Family.”
Braxton and Solis were married in 2003 and divorced in 2015. Although his health issues had reportedly been kept under wraps, TMZ reports that he was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his death.
Our sincerest condolences and prayers go out to the Braxton and Solis families during this difficult time.