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Toni Braxton files for second bankruptcy

Toni Braxton
Image caption Braxton has suffered health problems in recent years

Grammy-award-winning singer Toni Braxton has filed for bankruptcy for the second time, her lawyer has said.

The 43-year-old has revealed she is in millions of dollars worth of debt after a heart condition forced her to cancel a series of shows in Las Vegas.

Debra Grassgreen said it had been a "very difficult decision" for Braxton to make, who previously filed for bankruptcy in 1998.

The star is hoping sell some of her assets to pay for off her tax debts.

Court documents state she owes between $10 million (£6.3 million) and $50 million (£31.5 million).

Ms Greengrass said the star felt she had no other choice but to turn to the courts.

"After months of trying to work out an acceptable arrangement with her principal creditors, she determined that the only way to assure that she could meet her tax obligations and provide for her two small children was to commence these bankruptcy cases," she said.

In 2008 Braxton pulled out of a series of Las Vegas shows after experiencing chest pains.

Doctors later told her she had been suffering from a form of angina.

Later that year, she performed on the series Dancing With The Stars, but missed the finale while recovering from surgery to remove a benign breast tumour.

Braxton's hits include Un-Break My Heart and Breathe Again.

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