“Aaron was not only an incredibly accomplished drummer admired by many for his unparalleled talent and passion from music, but he was also a devoted father to our precious son, August,” Spears’ wife Jessica wrote in a statement shared on his Instagram. “His love, guidance, and warmth were the pillars of our family, and his absence leaves a void that words cannot describe.”
“We were blessed to have him in our lives, and his legacy will live on through the beautiful rhymes he created and the love he shared with us,” she wrote.
Spears was nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for his work on Usher’s record-breaking album “Confessions.”
Spears’ long list of touring and production credits includes Lil Wayne, Carrie Underwood, Usher, Jordin Sparks, Chaka Khan, Adam Lambert, Mary Mary, The Backstreet Boys, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and, most recently, Grande..
“I can’t wrap my head around this,” Grande wrote on her Instagram story. “We were all so incredibly lucky to know Aaron. The absolute brightest light of a human being. Always the kindest, always smiling. I am so honored and thankful that our paths crossed and to have spent so much very special time together.”
Fellow drummer Travis Barker wrote, “I have no words. I love you so much my brother and will miss you. This doesn’t seem real. Praying for you Jessica and August.”