Zendaya shared a heartfelt tribute on Instagram Thursday to honor the late Ronnie Spector. Spector, lead singer of iconic 60s pop group The Ronettes, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 78, after a battle with cancer.
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"This news just breaks my heart," Zendaya wrote. “To speak about her as if she's not with us feels strange as she is so incredibly full of life. There's not a time I saw her without her iconic red lips and full teased hair, a true rockstar through and through."
Zendaya captioned a grayscale photo of a young Spector in a personalized director’s chair. The following picture was a polaroid of them together in 2018. "Ronnie, being able to know you has been one of the greatest honors of my life. Thank you for sharing your life with me, I could listen to your stories for hours and hours…,” she continued in a lengthy post.
The 25-year-old actress is set to play the late singer in an upcoming A24-produced biopic, based on Spector's autobiography Be My Baby. According to Variety, the legendary songstress hand-picked Zendaya to portray her. Spector was also an executive producer on the film.
Zendaya concluded her Instagram caption with the following words: "...We celebrate your beautiful life and give you all the flowers you so rightfully deserve. Rest in great power Ronnie. I hope to make you proud."