Gabrielle Union Shares Sweet Memory of Late Director John Singleton: 'He Will Be Sorely Missed' (Exclusive)

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In the wake of director John Singleton's untimely death on Monday at the age of 51, celebrities from every corner of the world have been sharing their stories, tributes and memories of the late filmmaker.

Among the stars sharing heartfelt memorials was Gabrielle Union, who shared a particularly sweet story about meeting Singleton through her older sister, and how he became a friend of the family and ultimately chaperoned her 18th birthday.

"Well, I think most of us know him as, you know, a famed director, the youngest director ever nominated in Academy history. I know him as my older sister's cool friend from USC," Union told ET's Keltie Knight during a recent interview. "I just know a different side of him… and how dynamic and amazing he was."

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I really didnt want to believe I'd to have to write something like this about John. I am a believer of miracles. Alas...I met John when my older sister Kelly enrolled at USC in 1986 & quickly became friends with a group of fun loving, black, creative masterminds. They called themselves the "Black Pack" I was 13 then and in awe of how loud and proud they were. Each friend contributing a different vibe and talent. By the time I turned 18 they chaperoned (yeah right 🤗) my birthday party. When I transferred to UCLA they promised my family they would look out for me & they did. The entire time I've been in Hollywood I knew I had big brothers who had my back & that knowledge gave me wings. While they all accomplished so much, there was John breaking barrier after barrier making dreams into reality and never losing that loud and proud, by any means necessary mentality. Flash forward decades and I'd run into him in the islands or Miami and we'd laugh in awe and glee at how far we'd both come. I will forever be grateful to the Black Pack & John Singleton. You showed me exactly what we can do when we stick together. Love & Light to all his loved ones and fans. Hold onto one another, we are greater together. Rest in eternal peace 🙏🏾🙏🏾

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The America's Got Talent judge also marveled at the late two-time Oscar-nominated director's "amazing very fun, loving, inclusive spirit."

"He was a great, great man and he will be sorely missed," Union said. "It's just a reminder, you know, to sort of understand, acknowledge, and familiarize yourself with the warning signs of strokes."

"Prioritize your own health, be your own best advocate," she added. "Just treat each day like it could be your last, because it just may be."

Singleton died Monday after suffering a stroke earlier this month. Following the news of his passing, hundreds of his friends, fans and former colleagues took to social media to celebrate his memory and mourn the loss.

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