Former One Direction star Zayn Malik and his family are in mourning today after the loss of their loved one Arshiya, only five years old. Zayn's cousin, Arshiya, had been battling a brain tumour and lost her battle on Tuesday. The star's relatives took to instagram to pay tribute to the toddler.

Zayn's younger sister Waliyha wrote: "Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un. Rest is peace you beautiful princess, may Allah grant you the highest rank of jannah".

Arshiya's mother, Zileh Malik wrote: "an angel wrote in the book of life my baby's date of birth, then whispered as she closed the book.. 'Too beautiful for earth' R.I.P baby doll..  #keeparshiyainyourduas"



Zayn has yet to comment on the sad passing of his cousin. Since the news broke, the hashtag #RIPArshiya has been in circulation on twitter, in support for the family.

By Chantell Crawford

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