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Rihanna calls for end to gun violence after cousin shot dead

Rihanna posted the image alongside the hashtag #endgunviolence Credit: Instagram: @badgalriri

Pop star Rihanna has made a plea for an end to gun violence following the death of a man she named as her cousin.

Rihanna posted an image of the two of them on Instagram, alongside the hashtag "#endgunviolence", saying: "RIP cousin ... can't believe it was just last night that I held you in my arms!

"Never thought that would be the last time I felt the warmth in your body!!! Love you always man!"

The image has been viewed more than two million times.

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Rihanna did not name the man, but tagged the image to an account under the username @merka_95.

The man is believed to be 21-year-old Tavon Kaiseen Alleyne, who was fatally shot in the singer's native Barbados on Boxing Day.

Alleyne was shot multiple times and died later in hospital, according to local media.

A representative for Rihanna has been contacted.