Mario Mourns Loss of His Mother: ‘Your Soul Lives Forever Beside Mine’ [PHOTO]
R&B singer Mario is currently mourning the loss of his mother, Shawntia Hardaway. The 31-year-old artist shared the sad news on his Instagram page.
Mario shared a photo of his mother as a young child next to a photo himself as a youngster. In the caption, he wrote, “Your soul lives forever beside me. We love you Shawntia Hardaway. I love you eternally.”
There’s no word on cause of death, but Mario has been very candid about his mother’s addiction to heroin. The “Let Me Love You” singer has worked tirelessly to get her clean, even supported her through her drug rehab stint.
However, in 2010, Mario was arrested for fighting with his mother at her Baltimore home. The singer was charged with second-degree assault, which was later dropped. At the time, the singer's lawyer called the incident "unfortunate" but maintains that Mario was trying to help his mother who was "struggling with a devastating addiction."
After the incident, Mario and his mother separated, which helped their relationship. “There are so many different variables but we’re good. We have better communication, better respect and understanding," Mario told Madame Noire in 2013. "That space allowed her to be a woman instead of me being the guardian over her telling her what to do. It allowed me to grow as a man, and it allowed her to decide where she wanted her life to go."
We want to send our heartfelt condolences to Mario and his family.