Footage has surfaced of Usher in tears while honoring late drummer Aaron Spears at his Celebration of Life service, which took place at First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, MD last Friday.
“I cry, tears of joy, looking back at all of the memories we had together. I realize that you were the joy in every room you were in. We should not take life for granted or the people we love most as though they’re gonna be there forever,” Usher captioned an Instagram post Friday, which included photos and videos of the pair. “There are good people and then there are great people. Aaron Spears was great!! As a father, a son and in spirit.”
The “Caught Up” star continued, “Aaron was one of my (heroes). He motivated me to do more, musically. Them drum rolls and that pocket was like none other. He had a heart that was pure…he wished people well and supported others. He was happy for others. He wanted greatness for people.
I cry these tears of joy daily, wishing I could pick up the phone and hear your voice one last time. We always said I love you before hangin up.”
Usher took the opportunity to remind his followers to be present with loved ones and never take anything for granted.
“Dap up or hug the people you love most more, the ones you love most…spend time with them more, talk to them more, cherish them more or if you can, see about them more,” he wrote. “You never know when you may never meet again. Be present.”
Spears was nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for his work on Usher’s record-breaking album Confessions. His long list of touring and production credits includes work on projects for 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, Ariana Grande.
Watch the tribute below:
Spears was 47 years old. His cause of death is still unknown.