'Lion King' thespian dies from leukemia

Eleven-year-old Broadway actress Shannon Tavarezhas died. The "Lion King" actress' battle with leukemia won thehearts of singers Alicia Keys, Rihanna and 50 Cent.

Katharina Harf, co-founder of the bone marrow donor center DKMS,says Tavarez died Monday at Cohen Children's Medical Center in NewHyde Park, on Long Island.

Tavarez, who played young Nala, had received anumbilical-cord blood transplant in August.

The stars had campaigned to help Tavarez find a bone marrowdonor. Cast members held donor registration drives. A perfect matchwasn't found.

The actress was forced to quit the show in April.

She beat out hundreds of other hopefuls last year to earn therole.

Bone marrow drive held to help Broadway star find a donor

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