Zayn Malik’s five-year-old cousin, Arshiya, is believed to have passed away after battling a brain tumour for years.
Several outlets have reported the tragic news after the family paid tribute to the little girl. Her mother, Zileh Malik, shared a photo of her beautiful daughter on Instagram writing, “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.'”
Zayn’s younger sister, 18-year-old Waliyah, also shared a tribute to Arshiya, “Rest is peace you beautiful princess.”
In 2014, in the midst of Arshiya’s battle, her cousin Aaroosa Malik wrote: “Doctors have given up on Arshiya but she is still fighting brave like a soldier. Can everyone please pray for her and anyone out there with a medical background or any doctor who thinks they can help please get in touch if possible… They operated on her twice. She hasn’t come round since. They thought she was brain dead but she’s not.”
The “Pillow Talk” singer was reportedly very close to his little cousin. A source told the Daily Mail that “Zayn loves all his family to bits but is really close to Arshiya.”
Zayn has yet to publicly address his cousin’s untimely passing.