Christina Milian's younger sister Danielle lost her newborn son on Wednesday just hours after welcoming him into the world.
On Tuesday, the 29-year-old, who is already a mother to 12-month-old Naomi and 8-year-old Daniel, Instagrammed about the newest edition to her family, writing, "Baby Richie has arrived! #prayersup for my #babyboy. He is already a fighter!"
The following day, Danielle returned to Instagram with the somber message that Richie was no longer with us.
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"Yesterday I was blessed with the birth of my Richie Bear," Danielle wrote as the caption for a black and white photo of herself bearing what appears to be the baby's handprint. "Unfortunately, last night he took his place with the Lord and we said goodbye. I so appreciate the prayers and support from everyone. He touched my heart and was perfect in so many ways."
Danielle's sister, Christina, also wrote a loving tribute to her nephew on Instagram late Wednesday.
"The last 24 hours have been an emotional roller coaster but i'd like to thank everyone for being so supportive throughout my sister Danielle & Richards pregnancy," she wrote. "The both of them have shown the true measure of courage and faith for the last 9 months and I can’t praise them more."
"Our family was blessed to have met our little Angel Baby Richie. We were fighting for him and with him the whole way and are now coping with the direction in which fate took," the 33-year-old Christina Milian Turned Up star continued.
In June, Danielle revealed to Us Weeklythat her then-unborn son was diagnosed with omphalocele, a life-threatening condition where organs form outside the body.
"I was told there's almost a 53 percent chance of mortality," Danielle said at the time.
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Danielle and her husband Richard Dickerson ignored doctors' advice to terminate the pregnancy, determined to give their baby boy a chance at life.
"I said to [Richard], 'Could you live with this?' Because I know can. I know I could be in a hospital every day," she told Us. "As a mother, I will do whatever it takes for my child...No matter how long he has in this world, I could not imagine taking his chance away."