Lenny Kravitz is paying tribute to Cicely Tyson, his late godmother, who died at the age of 96 on Thursday.
Kravitz, 56, posted a series of pictures of the couple kissing on Friday, as well as a snapshot of Tyson’s newly published Instagram memoir.
“With inimitable style and grace, my dear Godmother Miss Cicely Tyson made her grand exit to the heavens. She lived a remarkable life up to the last moment,” he began in the caption. “A true pioneer, who bared her heart and soul so we could witness the spirit of the characters she so brilliantly portrayed, which continue to move and inspire generations.”
“A Black queen who showed us how beautiful black is,” continued Kravitz. “The love between us was and is tremendous. As long as I have had consciousness, I’ve known Godmother. She and my mother were kindred spirits. Sisters. And after my mother passed, Godmother’s role in my life was amplified.”
The rocker continued to share the friendship he had with Tyson, including the vacations spent together, hours-long telephone calls and trips to Paris.
“I constantly felt her spirit over me. She always gave me unconditional support,” he wrote. “She came to my shows, came over for holidays, met me for dinners, stayed with me in Paris when I first moved there, and never let me too far out of her sight. Our phone calls went on sometimes for hours.”
Kravitz added that he spoke to the star “just a few nights ago.”
“We spoke just a few nights ago and talked about everything. She had just sent me her book that has been sitting on my nightstand where it will remain. She did it all, wrote the book, and then God called her. I can hear Godmother saying ‘ok, now y’all can read about it, I’m going home’. Rest peacefully, Godmother. You did it all exquisitely,” he concluded.
In an Instagram post following her passing, Kravitz’s daughter, actress Zoë Kravitz, also honored Tyson.
“Rest in power cicely,” the High Fidelity star wrote alongside a photo of young Tyson. “thank you for being such a bright light and inspiration in my life. i know you and grandma roxie are together now havin a big ol laugh.”
Tyson’s manager, Larry Thompson, confirmed the news of the actress’s death in a statement writing, “I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing.”
Tyson appeared in decades of film and television including the notable 1972 thriller Sounder, for which she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, which won her two Emmy awards, as well as Oldest Living Confederate Widow Says Everything. She becomes the first black woman to win an honorary Oscar in 2018.
“Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life,” he continued. “Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”