Along with the rest of Hollywood and the world beyond, Tyrese Gibson is mourning the death of John Singleton–the man who helped make him a household name thanks to the hit 2001 film, Baby Boy.

Singleton, who also directed the R&B crooner in the 2003 film 2 Fast 2 Furious and 2005’s Four Brothers, died Monday after suffering a stroke. He was 51.

Gibson shared that in a touching Instagram post that Singleton was “just at the house” to hold his daughter, Soraya, whom he welcomed with his wife, Samantha, back in October.

“I asked you that day would you be Soraya’s godfather,” Gibson shared. “Your response was classic John. ‘Of course nigha! Who else gonna be The Godfather?’”

The singer and actor ended his post by writing, “Love you bro… my heart hurts.”

Earlier this week, Gibson along with his Baby Boy co-star Taraji P. Henson, shared that they had visited Singleton in the hospital ahead of his passing.

Following the visit, the actor wrote in a comment on Instagram that he was in a “state of shock, but there was something powerful about feeling the presence of God that gave us the reassurance that God is going to pull him through this.”

“The idea that me and Taraji prayed hard over John; so much history so much genuine love,” he continued. “We can only hope and keep praying that God brings him back to us.”

Since then, Gibson has been posting multiple tributes to his big brother in the industry.

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Laying in bed, I’m confused my soul feels drained.. For the last 2 days I was in the presence of my HERO a man who literally changed my life and my families life forever.. Of ALL the people in the world he decided to believe in me?.. a young impressionable ghetto little black boy from Watts who had hopes and dreams praying everyday that God would figure out a way to get me out of the hood and see some shit… Like many of my nighas I grew up with I just didn’t wanna end up in jail, or dead.. I woke up after crying myself to sleep with a heavy heart, Yesterday I took a shower and while standing there.. Just started balling crying I got out of the shower and went back to lay down and the tears wouldn’t stop, I told my wife these exact words.. “Baby I know today is my last day in town and we made family plans but I need to get back to John and pray over him. I feel like tomorrow or next week might not be promised, I’m leaving to go back to London and I got this feeling deep in my chest, my heart is fluttering… And although I have complete faith in God and his miracles I feel like he might not be here when I get back”. Without even blinking my wife said ok let’s go. I went to see John and I as soon as I stepped off the elevator I was greeted and in the presence of SO much of John’s history. So many beautiful and warm souls people who I’ve known and grew to love over the last 27 years of knowing John we all went into every emotion imaginable, we cried, we were there reminiscing, laughing and storytelling. One things for sure, every story that was told all went back to us all saying JOHN built a TRIBE, a fraternity of lifetime of friends, colleagues and loyalty. And we all echoed HE PUT US ON!! Everyone that was in that room yesterday has known John all the way back to his first movie Boyz In The Hood to now.. I think we all felt like we needed to spend as much time as we could cause Ive learned after losing Paul and countless others.. it’s arrogant to think or believe that next seconds of life or next week is promised. I can’t believe I’m write these words….. Rest in Love, Rest in Power Rest in Gods glory… Your Baby Boy aka Baby Brother aka Jody for life!!

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