Over the weekend, Justin Timberlake revealed on social media that his longtime backup singer, Nicole Hurst, had passed away at just 39-years-old.
"My heart is so heavy," Timberlake said on Instagram sharing photos and video clips of Hurst. "We lost a beautiful soul this week. Nicole lit up every room she walked into. On and off the stage she was a constant source of joy and positivity."
"On and off the stage she was a constant source of joy and positivity," Timberlake added. "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. 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. Forever family and forever a TN Kid."
While Justin did not mention the cause of death, Nicole shared back in 2015 that she had been diagnosed with "Stage 2 triple-positive breast cancer," and added in 2019 that the cancer had spread to her brain.