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Justin Timberlake Posts Touching Jonathan Demme Tribute: 'You Are Truly Irreplaceable'

Justin Timberlake arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif.
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Justin Timberlake arrives at the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on Feb. 26, 2017 in Hollywood, Calif. 

Countless artists and actors mourned the loss of Oscar-winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday morning (April 26) at age 73. Perhaps the most touching tribute to the director came from Justin Timberlake, who posted a sweet Instagram photo of the two embracing and laughing.

The caption was just as beautiful as the photo. “You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, generous and warm man. You, special soul.”

“You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe," the post continues. "You made me better at my craft. And, the time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me. You are truly irreplaceable. I will miss you so dearly, my sweet friend. I hope we meet again someday. I love you, JD."

Demme and Timberlake collaborated on the 2016 Netflix documentary Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, which focused on JT’s tour supporting his hit 20/20 Experience albums.

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