Jasmine Cephas Jones breaks her silence after the death of her father, Ron Cephas Jones.
“Grief. “This is a fight,” she captioned Instagram Post on Wednesday August 30th with a carousel full of retro photos from childhood and beyond. “I keep looking at my phone and want to call you and hear your voice. You listened… you REALLY listened to me. You valued my opinion and never judged me. We all know you were a great actor, but my god you were a damn good dad.”
Jasmine, 34, remarked without apology that the “best gift” she received from her father was “a safe place to just be myself”. “You led me. took care of me Well laughed with me. cried with me sang with me celebrated me studied with me Took care of me…and loved me,” she wrote.
Her tribute ended by saying: “There is so much to say, but words fail me. I just love you so much I miss you beyond words. I still feel you here with me and will carry you in my heart forever. -Your bird. 🤍🕊️.”
Fans and fellow actors expressed their condolences in the comments section. “I’m so sorry for your loss ❤️” Rachel Zegler wrote while singers JoJo adding: “❤️😢❤️❤️❤️❤️ I’m so sorry J. This is the deepest pain. You will smile again.”
Nicolette Robinsonwho is married to Jasmine’s ex Hamilton costar Leslie Odom Jr.She commented: “I love you. 💔❤️🙏🏽.” Hamilton composer Alex Lacamoire adding: “Sending so much love to you and your family Jasmine. Thinking of you and sending our condolences 💔.”
Us weekly confirmed on August 19 that Ron had died at the age of 66. An explanation of this is us Noting that his death was caused by “a long-standing lung problem,” the alum’s rep added, “Throughout his career, everyone who has been fortunate enough to know him has felt his warmth, beauty, generosity, kindness and his heart.” .”
The Emmy winner underwent a double lung transplant in 2020 to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a condition he’s openly struggled with over the years.
A star of both stage and screen, Ron is perhaps best known for portraying William Hill – the birth father of Randall Pearson (Sterling K Brown) – At this is us. Brown, 47, was one of the first this is us Alums are to speak out after Ron’s death.
“Today life has imitated art and one of the most wonderful people the world has ever seen is no longer with us,” he wrote on Instagram on Aug. 19. “@cephasjaz has passed away and the world is a little less cheerful.”
Brown honored his late co-star with a photo showing them as father and son. “Brother, you are loved. And we will miss you,” he added. “Let them laugh in the next phase of their existence and we’ll see you when I get there.” ❤️✌🏿✊🏿.”
Mandy Moore, who played Rebecca Pearson on the NBC drama, called working with Ron the “greatest gift” of her career. “He was pure magic as a person and as an artist,” she captioned a tribute on social media. “I will remember all moments forever. … I’m just so sad. My thoughts and love are with Jasmine and his family and friends. I love you @cephasjaz.”