Mario’s Mother Passes Away

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R&B singer-songwriter Mario took to Instagram late Friday night (June 2) to announce his mother Shawntia Hardaway passed away.

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“Your soul lives forever beside mine,” Mario captioned. “We love you Shawntia Hardaway. I love you eternally.”

While the details are scarce on what caused Hardaway’s death, Mario has always been forthcoming about his mother’s addiction to heroin. In October 2007, Mario stared in a MTV documentary I Won’t Love You to Death: The Story of Mario and His Mom, in which Mario tries his best to help his mother beat her addiction.

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Yet despite his love and unwavering dedication to his mother, their relationship wasn’t without turbulence. In October 2010, Mario was charged with second-degree assault after he allegedly pushed her. Mario was released from a local Baltimore jail on $50,000 bond. About a month later, Hardaway dropped the charges.