Young ‘Lion King’ star Shannon Tavarez recalled as ‘selfless’ day after death

alg-tavarez-jpgA day after her death, Queens “Lion King” cub Shannon Tavarez was remembered as a brave campaigner for bone-marrow registration while her own health failed.

“Everyone knows Shannon because she’s such a talented and beautiful child,” family friend Nahdi Mukomana said Tuesday. “But at the tender age of 11, she was so selfless. She wanted to help other children who were going through the same thing she was.”

The pint-size singer from Bellerose, who fell ill with leukemia six months after her Broadway debut, died Monday.

“Shannon’s strength and her happy, positive spirit will live on in our hearts and minds each day. Shannon’s dream was to perform onstage, and that she did,” said her mom Odiney Brown.

Shannon, who played Young Nala in Disney‘s hit musical, told her story from her hospital bed to generate support for numerous bone-marrow donor drives.

In her memory, the marquee lights at the Minskoff Theatre, where The Lion King” is playing, were dimmed last night.

A marrow match couldn’t be found for Shannon; in August, she had a transplant of umbilical-cord blood instead.

A private memorial service is being planned.

“It was amazing to have the theater community and all New York pull together for her,” said actor Dashaun Young, who plays Simba in “The Lion King.” A marrow drive hosted by the cast helped swell to 10,000 the number of new donors that Shannon inspired to sign up.

“The whole city loved her,” Young said. “How could you not love her?”