Chris-Tia Donaldson was the founder of TGIN (Thank God It’s Natural), a beauty entrepreneur, and a member of the natural hair community. She died at the age of 42 on Saturday November 13th, 2021. Her niece, who was announced on Instagram, Donaldson, has passed away.
Her niece and TGIN finance and human resources director Aris Singleton posted a video on Donaldson’s personal Instagram page on Sunday November 14, 2021 announcing her death. Singleton opened the video, wishing Donaldson’s followers a good afternoon, calling them “wonder babies.”
Black Enterprise reported that Donaldson died “after a long battle with cancer”.
Here’s what you need to know:
According to her TGIN bio, Donaldson was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She learned through her battle with cancer that finances can make the difference between living and dying from cancer, says her biography.
“During her treatment, she learned that money can make the difference between life and death when it comes to treating this condition. They observed that there were few organizations that offered support and social services to help women with transportation, childcare, parking or applying for disability leave from their place of work, ”says her biography.
Donaldson wrote a book about her cancer journey entitled “This Is Only a Test: What Breast Cancer Taught Me about Faith, Love, Hair, and Business,” which was published in 2019.
In chapter one, she reflects on her life and whether stress and high expectations of herself could have led to her diagnosis.
Singleton calmly announced Donaldson’s death, describing her aunt’s character and determination to carry on her legacy in the video heralding her death.
Singleton went on to say that Donaldson’s legacy would continue through the company she founded.
“We’ll miss you, Chris-Tia,” Singleton wrote in a caption on the video. “Heaven has won back its sweetest angel. We thank everyone for the love and support that has poured out for Chris-Tia and ask you to keep us in your prayers. “
Her followers responded to the announcement with sadness and support.
“I’m so sorry to hear that. Heartbroken, ”wrote one person. “Chris-Tia was so great. My goodness. My sincere condolences.”
“I send you my deepest prayers and condolences, she will be missed,” wrote another follower.
The video had nearly 50,000 views on Monday, November 15, 2021.
TGIN also announced her death on their official Facebook page and shared a reminder video on Monday November 15, 2021. The company announced that it would “reset” the day after “the Chris-Tia we loved, admired, and admired” died (and still will) go to the ends of the world. “
They asked those they knew personally to tell a story about them. Several people shared personal stories within four hours of the post.
“She was always nice when I saw her on the Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Show,” one person wrote. “I remember telling her that she was the only saleswoman who was nice to me when I attended in 2011; she was so humiliated. I’ve made it my business to support her every time she was a saleswoman. My grandma loves the TGIN leave-in conditioner. She calls it ‘the good stuff’ for her hair. “
“I met her in Detroit at Southfield Mall when she was just starting out, so proud of all of her accomplishments. She was so warm and kind. Rest in sweet peace, ”wrote another person.
“So sad! She was too young! Cancer is a monster!” Another person wrote in the comments.
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