On Friday night, June 2, 2017, Mario announced Shawntia Hardaway’s death at the age of 57 on Instagram. Although little is known about what caused Hardaway’s death, Mario has always been open about his mother’s heroin addiction.
Despite his mother’s love and unwavering devotion, they did not always get along. Shawntia saw talent in her young son and encouraged him to perform for customers at a nearby barbershop, where he was paid.
His mother also bought him a karaoke machine, preparing him for local talent shows. At one show, the 11-year-old wowed the judges with his rendition of Boyz II Men’s “I’ll Make Love to You.”
Shawntia Hardaway Cause of Death Revealed
Mario not only wowed the judges but also the audience, which included Troy Patterson, the owner, and CEO of Third Street Music Group Production. Patterson became acquainted with the young man and eventually became his manager.
Shawntia’s exact birth date is unknown, so her age at the time of her death cannot be confirmed and may differ in different articles. But she had to have been in her fifties when she died.