Singer and actor Usher announced the death of his grandmother, Ernestine “Tina” Carter, at 87.
Usher, whose real name is Usher Raymond IV, shared the news on Instagram, posting photos of himself with his grandmother and expressing his grief.
“I feel a bit lost right now,” the 44-year-old wrote in the caption. “It’s taken me a few days to come to grips with the fact that my Grandma Tina is no longer with me. I’m praying for clarity and strength for all whom relied on her. Her daily devotion was to help those in need, and she did just that. It was her life’s work. She was truly a prayer warrior for me and so many others.”
The singer continued, “The other half of me continues to break silently. We were just laughing days ago … I really thought we had more time. When I was lost, she was always there when I called on her, no matter the hour or how long it took. When I needed the perfect Bible verse to suit the reality of what I was facing at the time… she’s provided it.”
Usher shared his belief that his grandmother’s passing was a cause for celebration because she had reached the ultimate place where she would be forever. He concluded by saying that she will be greatly missed.
“Someone told me just today, ‘Keep in mind that it’s only sad b/c we miss them, and that’s us being selfish and rightfully so, but it’s a congratulatory celebration b/c they’re at the ultimate place forever!’” Usher added. “I believe that… she will be missed very much.”
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Usher’s fans and followers have expressed their condolences on social media, with many offering their support and praying for the singer and his family during this difficult time.
Our thoughts go out to Usher and his family as they mourn the loss of Ernestine Carter.