R.I.P. Jessica Harris, Teen Helped By Brandy Dies Months After Heart Transplant

- By Bossip Staff

Less than four months after Brandy helped her raise the funds needed to get a heart transplant, 17-year-old Jessica Harris has passed away.

Harris, who lived in the same town of McComb, Mississippi, where Brandy was raised, died at a New York hospital on Thursday, Brandy said.

The singer/actress started a campaign to raise funds for surgery to correct Jessica’s congenital heart defect after meeting Harris last year. The teen finally received the transplant in late February.

“Jessica was and will always be an inspiration to our family. In the face of her illness, her courageous spirit and positive outlook gave us memories we will cherish for a lifetime,” the singer and her family said in a statement on Friday.

“We were touched by the outpouring of generosity from the public when we set up a fund on her behalf to help cover her medical and travel expenses,” the statement added.

Brandy thanked those who donated to the fund and the hospital that carried out the heart transplant — the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York.

Harris suffered from hypoplastic left heart syndrome, and was denied medical insurance through her father’s job because she was deemed to be suffering from a preexisting condition.

So sad… Rest In Peace Jessica


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  • Cadence

    Good deed on Brandy’s behalf. May that little girl rest in peace… how dad is that, her far’s insurance denied her…. what happen to Obama’s healthcare plan ?

    • Nellie

      Brand did help a lot but it was Obama’s healthcare plan that made it possible since they were no longer allowed to deny her b/c of pre-existing condition. Just wanted to clear that up. May God bless Jessica’s family. you were always an Angel to us here in McComb MS. Now rest in the arms of our maker.

  • Brian

    the gravitational pull from brandy’s head prolly threw her circulatory system outta wack

    • Denny

      You’re sickening. how dare you??

    • Is It 5:00 Yet?

      This is not the time or place for jokes.

    • Nae Nae

      You are one sick b**stard!!! Get the help you so desperately need!!

  • Daniel

    That’s sad, at least Brandy did her part and she’ll be blessed for that, she’s got a lot of blessings coming her way, she seems like a really good person.

  • Soul Touch

    Very sad…may she rest in peace.

  • Nellie

    Told you. SMH

  • lol

    Spoiled brat stop complaining. thx

  • Panama Miguel

    I think Brandy maybe the Grim Reaper,didnt she kill like 15 people in a car accident and now this

  • Unico

    Well damn,

    I hope she at least got to enjoy her life between those months. Good on Brandy.

  • Bay Area Elite

    What is with you People that come on here making inappropriate jokes about the deaths of others?? OMG U lack serious home training & a Hard Smack from Karma which should be coming around anyday now! Jesus Help these lost souls! Im Happy to see Brandy being a Blessing to others; Good Job Girl!

  • MsAshley

    So sad. May Jessica rest in peace. My condolences to her family and friends.
    Good lookin’ out Brandy. Proud of you.

  • Sunshyne

    R. I. P. Jessica

  • martika pender

    brian jump off a cliff do the world a favor

  • Trina

    So young… R.I.P.

  • Trina

    So sad… R.I.P.

  • Natasha

    She died in such young age. She will be remembered forever young. R.I.P brave girl.

  • Shannon

    RIP beautiful young lady….

  • chrissy


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    Rest Now Jessica! Brandy ur heart is beautiful! Love you my sister!
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  • Donald

    There is nothing you can do but wait. Meanwhile only Divine Intervention can change the current course.

    The way I feel about you (you all if even) absolutely trumps anything and everything I also feel. So I’ll battle / War / love / bore with you until….

    If there’d ever necessarily be anymore evidence of The Spirit, it would be the righteous ending of our love affair

  • http://www.bossip.com rochellle

    this is so sad we have mutual family members. Her family is strong in faith.

  • Tay

    I am sooooo sad to hear this may god rest her soul and protect her family and friends. America has to do better this doesnt make sense at all get it together

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