Dancehall deejay Aidonia's brother and manager Lalo Lawrence is expressing gratitude for outpouring of tributes for his family but is asking for privacy during their period of bereavement.
"There are few words to adequately express the deep pain and sorrow we feel right at this time. During this time of bereavement, the Lawrence family asks that all persons exercise regard for their privacy as we struggle to come to terms with the unfortunate event," Lalo Lawrence wrote on Instagram.
Several members of the dancehall fraternity and the public have come forward since the news that Aidonia and his wife Kimberly Megan's son, Khalif Lawrence, died in hospital after a battle with cancer.
"We thank everyone who has reached out in a myriad of ways and ask for your continued love and prayers during this very difficult time," he concluded.
A press release from Burke Bodley Limited on Monday described the nine-year-old as "brave" and disclosed that he was diagnosed in August of 2019.
"One of the most tragic events is the loss of a child and both Sheldon [Aidonia] and his wife, Kimberly Lawrence, are grief-stricken at the loss of their only child," the release said.
The release also said they are grateful that people will continue to respect their privacy and understand that no interviews will be granted during this sad time.
Born Sheldon Lawrence, Aidonia emerged on the dancehall music scene in the early 2000s. Among his chart-topping hits are Run Road, Fi Di Jockey, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Tip Pon Yuh Toe, Breeze, and Banga.