Pop singer Justin Timberlake took to Instagram to pay tribute to his longtime backup singer who passed away.
“Some things feel so unfair and we will never understand why they happen. What I do know is that we were blessed to laugh with her, to travel with her, and to experience her infectious smile and love for a life filled with music. Nicole, it’s not enough to say that I am going to miss you dearly. Thank you for your light. I will do my best to carry that with me. I love you, my sister. Forever family and forever a TN Kid. 💔” he writes.
Nicole was diagnosed with cancer in July 2013, right before the Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour with Timberlake and JAY-Z.
“I had four months of chemo followed by my surgery which I had a mastectomy. Even while I was on chemotherapy my tumor doubled in size,” she told ABC 13 Houston. After going into remission in 2015, her cancer returned by 2019.