Justin Timberlake pens touching tribute to his recently-deceased backup singer Nicole Hurst: ‘I am going to miss you dearly’
Justin Timberlake shared a touching tribute to his former backup singer, Nicole Hurst, who recently passed away.
The 40-year-old hitmaker shared several videos and photos that featured the late performer, with whom he worked for several years prior to her death.
The My Love singer also wrote a lengthy message in the post’s caption to let his 61.1million followers know about his feelings following the untimely loss of his former collaborator.
In memoriam: Justin Timberlake penned a touching tribute to his recently-deceased backup singer, Nicole Hurst, that was shared to his Instagram account on Friday
Timberlake began his statement by writing that his heart felt ‘so heavy. We lost a beautiful soul this week.’
The Suit & Tie singer went on to express how his late friend brightened the moods of everyone she met when she was both performing and relaxing.
‘Nicole lit up every room she walked into. On and off the stage she was a constant source of joy and positivity,’ he noted.
The Grammy-winning singer also remarked that, although he was broken up about the loss of his former backup singer, he was glad to have been in her life.
Admirable traits: In his statement, the singer wrote that Hurst ‘lit up every room she walked into’
Never a dull time: The hitmaker went on to describe his former collaborator as ‘a constant source of joy and positivity’
‘Some things feel so unfair and we will never understand why they happen. What I do know is that we were blessed to laugh with her, to travel with her, and to experience her infectious smile and love for a life filled with music,’ he wrote.
Timberlake also expressed gratitude for having known the singer and for sharing numerous good times with her over the years.
‘Nicole, it’s not enough to say that I am going to miss you dearly. Thank you for your light. I will do my best to carry that with me. I love you, my sister,’ he wrote.
The hitmaker concluded his message by writing that Nicole would always be a part of his ‘family and forever a TN Kid.’
Feeling down: Timberlake also expressed that it was ‘not enough to say that I am going to miss you dearly’
The news about Hurst’s passing was initially made public by producer Bryan Michael Cox, who shared several shots of the singer to his Instagram account.
He also wrote a brief statement that read: ‘I really still don’t have the words…Once they come, then I’ll do a proper tribute but right now I got nothing man. Rest well my friend. I hope you knew how loved you were.’
Timberlake notably left a broken heart emoji in the comments section of Cox’s post.
The late singer also provided backup vocalists for artists such as Kelly Clarkson and Janet Jackson, among others.
Working hard: Hurst previously provided backup vocals for singers such as Kelly Clarkson and Janet Jackson, among others
A cause of death has not been released to the public as of yet.
In 2013, Hurst was diagnosed with stage two triple-positive breast cancer, which eventually escalated to stage three.
She subsequently stated that her cancer had gone into remission during an interview with ABC 13, where she expressed that she powered through treatment with the thought of performing again.
The singer recalled that she had ‘told myself, “you’ve got to get through this because you’ve got to get back on the road.”‘
Not stopping her: During an interview with ABC 13, the late singer expressed that the thought of performing again helped her make it through her treatment