JUSTIN Timberlake is mourning the death of one of his longtime backup singers and close friend Nicole Hurst.
Hurst was 39 years old at the time of her death.
Who was singer Nicole Hurst, and what was her cause of death?
Hurst, a Texas native, was a backup vocalist who toured the world with superstars like Kelly Clarkson, Timberlake and sang at the White House.
The 39-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013.
Speaking to ABC 13 Houston in 2015, she said: “I was diagnosed with Stage 2 triple-positive breast cancer.
"I had four months of chemo followed by my surgery which I had a mastectomy. Even while I was on chemotherapy, my tumor doubled in size.”
In 2015, Nicole claimed she was in remission.
However, in 2019, the singer revealed that cancer had come back and had spread to her brain.
In a post, she said: “These pictures aren’t throwbacks from 2014, but from this year, literally from the 2nd day in January when my world was once again completely flipped upside down.
“What was discovered was not a cancer recurrence, but breast cancer that somehow found its way to my brain, forcing me to pull the emergency brake on my life and sent me immediately into whole-brain radiation treatment to destroy everything that was trying to destroy me.”
Hurst's cause of death has not been revealed; however, it's believed her battled with cancer played a role in the young singer's death.
What did Justin Timberlake say about her death?
On August 6, Timberlake wrote a touching tribute to her following the news of her death.
“My heart is so heavy. 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."
The Grammy winner continued: "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 concluded: "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."
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