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Titi Branch, the co-founder of Miss Jessie’s natural hair care products, died from an apparent suicide due to asphyxia, on Dec. 4. She was 45.

Reports the Washington Post:

Titi Branch, one of the co-founders of the wildly successful natural hair care line, Miss Jessie’s, died Dec. 4, according to an obituary by NV Magazine.

The magazine said it was an apparent suicide but there was no independent confirmation of that. A family friend confirmed to the Washington Post that Branch, a graduate of the University of Maryland, had indeed died. She was 45.

With her sister Miko, Branch ran a popular New York salon. Tweets from Miko and the Miss Jessie’s Twitter account appeared to be small tributes to the fallen entrepreneur.

Andre Robert Lee, director and producer of the documentary “Prep School Negro,” posted a video tribute set to Frankie Beverly and Maze’s “Before I Let Go.” It concluded with a shot of the program from Branch’s funeral. He also retweeted Miko’s short tribute to her sister.

A native of Queens, Branch, was a graduate of the University of Maryland. She and her sister ran a hair salon in Brooklyn, renamed Miss Jessie’s after their grandmother. The company’s popular Curly Hair Pudding was originally made for the salon. Other products in the Miss Jessie’s line include, Curly Meringue, Curly Buttercreme, and Baby Buttercreme.

Ms. Jessie products are currently available at Target.

Photo: NV Magazine/FB