Justin Timberlake Pays Tribute to Late Drummer John Blackwell Jr.

Justin Timberlake in Cannes
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Justin Timberlake attends the 'Cafe Society' premiere and the Opening Night Gala during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 11, 2016 in Cannes, France.

Following the recent death of Prince's drummer, John Blackwell Jr., Justin Timberlake took to Twitter to share his condolences and pay tribute to his former collaborator. 

On Wednesday (July 5) Timberlake, who toured with Blackwell in 2006 following the release of FutureSex/LoveSounds, tweeted the heartfelt message, “You are a kind, gentle soul and one special talented. you will be missed by myself and so many.”

It was announced on Tuesday (July 4) that Blackwell had passed away from a brain tumor. Like Timberlake, a number of other musicians have also paid tribute to the late drummer online, including Travis Barker of Blink-182 and bass player Nik West.


#JohnBlackwell legendary drummer for #Prince- THE EPITOME of a heart of gold. A goat in the drummer world. A brother to me. A sidekick on stage to me. A happy person. Pleased by the simple things in life. Food Connoisseur. GROOVE MASTER. NONE LIKE HIM. He passed away today. Exactly one year ago, while on tour together in Japan, we found out he had a tumor. This has left yet another hole in my heart. Today he joins his mother, father, daughter, and Prince (his mentor and the person that was like father to him when his own father passed) in heaven. I'm sending prayers to his wife and everyone else he leaves behind today. I visited him while in the hospital and he opened his eyes and held his drumsticks... I had faith he would get well. But now he has no pain. Please allow a moment of silence for JOHN BLACKWELL! ----#notahappy4thofjuly #alloftheseholes

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