Ariana Grande has paid a touching tribute to her former drummer Aaron Spears, who she described as the "brightest light of a human being" after he died aged 46.
Aaron's wife Jessica announced his passing on social media, describing him as having an "unparalleled talent and passion for music" and being a "devoted father".
She wrote: "Aaron was not only an incredibly accomplished drummer, admired by many for his unparalleled talent and passion for music, but he was also a devoted father to our precious son, August."
She continued: "His love, guidance, and warmth were the pillars of our family, and his absence leaves a void that words cannot describe.
"We are blessed to have him in our lives, his legacy will live on through the beautiful rhythms he created and the love he shared with us.
"We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Please remember Aaron for the incredible person he was and the amazing music he brought into our world. At this time we ask for privacy as we work our way through this. With Love Jessica and August."
Ariana, who last month officially filed for divorce from her husband Dalton Gomez, joined other famous faces in expressed their sorrow over the loss of Aaron. She shared a photo of him drumming on her Instagram story and wrote: "I can't wrap my head around this," adding: "We were all so incredibly lucky to know Aaron. The absolute brightest light of a human being."
She continued to share her fond memories, saying: "Always the kindest, always smiling. I am so honoured and thankful that our paths crossed and to have spent so much very special time together." She ended her tribute by thanking him for his brilliance, laughs, and kindness.
Ariana also reshared a post from December 2019 where Aaron thanked her for including him in her tour. The star has recently been filming a movie version of the hit musical Wicked.
In the post he said: "I'm so thankful to @arianagrande for being the courageous beautiful unwavering light that has helped bring so much joy and healing to every person who attended every single show.".
Travis Barker, the drummer for Blink-182, also sent a message of support to Aaron' family, expressing his disbelief.
Pearl Jam's drummer, Matt Cameron, remembered meeting Aaron at the 2013 Inauguration Ball for former US president Barack Obama, describing him as "classy, kind and (had) a smile that lit up the room".
He added: "He was loved by so many of us fellow musicians and music fans the world over."
Aaron was nominated for a Grammy Award for his work as a music producer on Usher's hit 2004 album Confessions.
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