Justin Timberlake honored (simply to change up tribute) one among his backup singers, Nicole Hurst, who just lately died after battling most cancers for a number of years.
Justin Timberlake is paying tribute to his late backup singer Nicole Hurst, who just lately died at age 39.
Hurst, who has additionally carried out onstage with Kelly Clarkson and Janet Jackson, handed away after battling most cancers on and off for eight years, though the official reason for demise was not made public.
“My coronary heart is so heavy,” Timberlake wrote on Instagram on Friday, Aug. 6, alongside images and movies of Hurst. “We misplaced a ravishing soul this week. Nicole lit up each room she walked into. On and off the stage she was a relentless supply of pleasure and positivity. Some issues really feel so unfair and we’ll by no means perceive why they occur. What I do know is that we had been blessed to chortle along with her, to journey along with her, and to expertise her infectious smile and love for a life crammed with music.”
In his submit, Timberlake included a video of Hurst taking middle stage at one among his concert events with a solo efficiency of Lauryn Hill‘s “Ex-Issue,” with himself accompanying her on guitar. In one other clip, she says of the pop star, “my bro over right here” picked out the track, which he included in his set lists in his 2018 Man of the Woods tour.
“Nicole, it is not sufficient to say that I’m going to overlook you dearly,” he wrote. “Thanks on your gentle. I’ll do my greatest to hold that with me. I really like you, my sister. Endlessly household and endlessly a TN Child.”
Hurst was identified with stage 2 triple constructive breast most cancers in July 2013. She was 31.
“I feel one among my first ideas was, am I going to die?” she informed Houston’s ABC 13 TV station. “I had 4 months of chemo adopted by my surgical procedure which I had a mastectomy. Even whereas I used to be on chemotherapy my tumor doubled in measurement.”
Her most cancers reached stage 3 earlier than she was declared in remission in 2015.
In January 2019, Hurst’s medical doctors found that her most cancers had unfold to her mind. She underwent radiation remedies.
“The fact is, it would not matter how superb your life seems, your background, internet price, and even who you sing with, life doesn’t discriminate and might activate you at any time!” she wrote on Instagram that August, alongside images of herself within the hospital in addition to pics with mates, together with Timberlake and her fellow touring backup performers. “My battle is not over but, and I do not know what the longer term holds…actually none of us do. However I do know by the grace of God, together with the unrelenting assist from my unbelievable household and mates, I am preventing this thang with every little thing in me, and to this point I am successful trigger I am nonetheless right here!”
On Friday, ABC 13 journalist Samica Knight wrote on Instagram, “My beloved good friend @nicolerhurst of 25 years, the fighter, the loving daughter, the sensational singer who’s traveled the world sharing her stunning reward, the lady with the most important smile on the planet & the good friend to everybody … misplaced her arduous fought battle with most cancers. I imply she fought arduous.”
She continued, “My mother consistently stated, ‘Nicole is my inspiration’ as a result of she REFUSED to just accept defeat. For many of her 8 yr battle, she’d fly into Houston, head to @mdandersoncancercenter for chemo & actually fly proper out to sing on the world’s greatest levels. I bear in mind saying ‘Nicole, did I see you on the White Home?’ She laughed, ‘Lady, yeah.'”
Knight stated her final dialog with Hurst passed off “just some days earlier than she gained her wings.” She wrote, “She was a little bit weak however our fast chat ended the way in which it is ended the final 8 years. She stated, ‘I really like you, lady. I actually do.’ I used to be preventing again tears this time & stated, ‘I really like you too, lady.’ You are singing within the heavenly choir now.”