Miss Jessie's Co-Founder Titi Branch Dead At 45

Beauty & Style | Camille Travis | 12/15/2014 | 10:45 AM EST

Branch played an integral part in pushing the natural hair movement forward

Titi Branch
, co-founder of the successful natural hair care line Miss Jessie's, died Dec. 4 of a reported suicide. She was 45.

The Washington Post confirmed the death with a family friend after NV Magazine posted an obituary on its Facebook page Sunday night. It is reported Titi's suicide was due to asphyxia, but there has been no confirmation from loved ones. 

In 1997, Branch teamed with her sister Miko Branch to open a salon in Brooklyn dedicated to curly hair. By 2004, the siblings expanded their platform by introducing the product line Miss Jessie's (named after their grandmother) which made a huge impact in the natural hair movement. Titi is credited with creating the line's signature Curly Pudding.

The entrepreneur was remembered by director/producer Andre Robert Lee (Prep School Negro) with a video tribute set to Frankie Beverly and Maze's "Before I Let Go." The video ended with a picture of the program from the funeral.

Branch is survived by her parents, sister, nephew, boyfriend and several relatives.

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(Photo: Miss Jessies via Instagram)

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