Renowned drummer Aaron Spears, celebrated for his collaborations with icons like Usher, Ariana Grande, and Justin Bieber, passed away at the age of 47. The heartbreaking news was confirmed by his wife, Jessica, and their son, August, on Monday (Oct. 30). The exact cause of his passing remains undisclosed.
In an emotional Instagram post, Jessica shared, "It is with a heavy heart and overwhelming sadness that I share the news of the passing of my beloved husband, Aaron Spears."
She continued, "Aaron was not only an incredibly accomplished drummer, admired by many for his unparalleled talent and passion for music, but he was also a devoted father to our precious son, August. 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 rhythms he created and the love he shared with us [...] Please remember Aaron for the incredible person he was and the amazing music he brought into our world. At this time we ask for privacy as we work our way through this."
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Usher, deeply moved by the loss of the Grammy-nominated musician, paid tribute to him on Instagram a few days later.
He expressed, "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."
Reflecting on Spears, Usher emphasized, "There are good people and then there are great people. Aaron Spears was great!! As a father, a son and in spirit." He regarded Spears as "one of [his] heroes."
The artist went on to highlight Spears' musical influence, stating, "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. He loved his family. He loved his friends. YEP!!! That boy good!!! As he would say…you did it A Speezy!! I love you and we who love you celebrate you."
Usher concluded with a heartfelt message urging everyone to cherish their loved ones more and be present in their lives. He emphasized the importance of spending quality time with those we hold dear, underlining that we never know when it might be our last meeting. Be present, Usher reminded us.