In 2003, Disney launched a brand-new show called That’s So Raven. The show centered on Raven Baxter, a teenager with psychic abilities. If being a teenage psychic wasn’t enough, Raven also had to deal with the trials and tribulations that come with being a teenage girl. The show ran for four seasons and was so popular that, in 2017, Disney brought Raven Baxter back in the new series, Raven’s Home.
Both That’s So Raven and Raven’s Home star beloved actress, Raven-Symoné. Symoné’s popularity has kept her a part of the Disney family for decades, even landing her a permanent hosting spot on The View in 2015, after being a guest host multiple times. Symoné left The View in 2016.
Sadly, on December 11, Symoné took to Instagram to share that her brother, Blaize Pearman, had died last month after a battle with colon cancer. He was just 31 years old.
Thank you the all the love yesterday. It was felt beyond. Hard to fully celebrate knowing that I’m here and he is not. More on Dec 16.
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Raven-Symoné revealed her brother’s death when talking about her recent birthday celebration on December 10, saying that it was not the same without him.
“It was a little bittersweet for me to be honest because last month I lost my brother, Blaize. He was battling colon cancer for about two years and he is in a better place now. He’s loved and missed and the emotions that have been weaving in and out of my body and mind and my family, have been a roller coaster.”
They were six years apart in age, but they were very close in terms of birthdays. Symoné was born on December 10 and her brother was born on December 16. Hence, the Instagram message about “More on Dec. 16.”
“I love you, Blaize. His birthday is Dec. 16 and forever will be. I love you, guys. My family on Instagram, my family at home and my family and friends. You guys have been such an amazing support system and I love you all.”
Although Raven-Symoné has been in the spotlight since she was a young girl, her brother didn’t go the Hollywood route and kept a much lower profile. However, throughout the years, he supported his sister fully and would walk on the red carpet with her. They remained close through the years, always having a tight family bond. He would sometimes share pictures of their adventures on Instagram.
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Raven-Symoné and her brother are the only two children of Christopher B Pearman and Lydia Gaulden.
At this time, no more details have been shared about Pearman’s death. Sadly, colon and colorectal cancer rates are rapidly increasing in the black community. Scientific reports indicate that colorectal cancer “disproportionately” affects young black men. Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman died in 2020 after a battle with colon cancer. He was just 41 years old.
We send our deepest condolences to Raven-Symoné and her entire family.