Justin Timberlake is paying tribute to his late backup singer Nicole Hurst, who not too long ago 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 explanation for demise was not made public.

“My coronary heart is so heavy,” Timberlake wrote on Instagram on Friday, Aug. 6, alongside photographs and movies of Hurst. “We misplaced an exquisite soul this week. Nicole lit up each room she walked into. On and off the stage she was a continuing supply of pleasure and positivity. Some issues really feel so unfair and we are going to by no means perceive why they occur. What I do know is that we had been blessed to snort along with her, to journey along with her, and to expertise her infectious smile and love for a life full of music.”

In his put up, Timberlake included a video of Hurst taking heart stage at one in every of his live shows 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 music, which he included in his set lists in his 2018 Man of the Woods tour.