The Challenge‘s Ashley Cain is mourning the loss of his daughter two days after she lost her battle with a rare form of leukemia.
The reality TV personality and his wife Safiyya Vorajee announced on Sunday that their daughter, Azaylia Diamond, had died on Saturday. Their baby girl was just 8-months-old. The couple first revealed their child’s diagnosis of pediatric cancer in October shortly after her birth in August.
In a Heartbreaking Social Media Post, Ashley Cain Voiced His Loss Along with a Photo of Himself Holding His Baby’s Hand.
“My heart is shattered,” the caption begins.
“You gave my life purpose, my face a smile, filled my heart with love and my soul with pride,” Ashley Cain wrote in the devastating Instagram post. “I can’t put into words my sadness and pain, there aren’t words to describe it. I love you with every ounce of my body and I miss you so much already. You made me a better man. You made me the person I’ve always wanted to be. You’ve taught me more in your 8 months than I’ve learned my whole life.”
“I don’t know why you’ve been taken away from me and my heart aches in your absence,” wrote Cain. “But I promise you that your name with live on. I will carry your name across every ocean, along every road, to the top of every mountain and across the whole globe. Your name will live, your legacy will be remembered and I will seek peace in living as your vessel to continue inspiring, giving strength, spreading joy and saving lives in your name, with your spirit, as your father until we meet again.”
Cain also said he’s been given a “second chance” following the loss of Azaylia, promising to honor his late daughter moving forward.
“You saved my life, you really did. With my second chance, I make a promise to you that I will make yours live on in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers,” the UK-based reality star said. “I am blessed, I am honoured and I am privileged to be your father. I would go through all of the pain again and again. Because what you gave me in those 8 months will live with me for eternity.”
The father was told on Friday to “make the most” of his weekend with his daughter by her doctors as she was likely approaching her final days. On Sunday, Ashley Cain shared the heartbreaking news that Azaylia had died and called her an “angel.”
“Rest In Paradise Princess ???????????? I will always hold you in my heart until I can hold you again in heaven ❤️???? ,” Cain wrote on Instagram, while Vorajee said in her own post, “You are my Angel my heartbeat my soul, RIP my precious baby, you will always be with me like a handprint on my heart.”
And, as we reported, the parents made every last moment with Azaylia count. From getting to meet her cousin for the first time to every snuggle, nap, and outdoor stroll, the family of three soaked every second of it in.
As Cain shared on Instagram just days before her passing, it’s so important not to “count the days, but to make the days count.” Our thoughts and prayers are with Cain and Vorajee during this heartbreaking time. We know that Cain’s promise to live every day for her will serve him well.
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