Justin Timberlake remembers late director Jonathan Demme: 'You are truly irreplaceable'

Jonathan Demme, who was best known for directing films including The Silence of the Lambs, The Manchurian Candidate and Philadelphia has sadly passed away from esophageal cancer and heart disease complications. He was 73.

The Oscar-winning director, who died in New York on Wednesday (Apr. 26), is being remembered by many of his colleagues in Hollywood, most notably Justin Timberlake, with whom he worked with on Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids. The music documentary was Jonathan's last film before his untimely death.

"Words just aren't enough with heartache like this," wrote the singer on Instagram, alongside a beautiful black and white portrait of himself and the director.

Jonathan and Justin's friendship shined bright on the red carpet at TIFF.

He added: "You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, generous and warm man. You, special soul. You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe. You made me better at my craft. And, the time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me. You are truly irreplaceable. I will miss you so dearly, my sweet friend. I hope we meet again someday. I love you, JD."

Jonathan and Justin's close bond was on display at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, where the duo premiered the documentary during a gala night at Roy Thomson Hall. The famed director was thrilled to share his work with the world, calling it one of the great joys of the last chapter of his life. His friends and fans can take solace in knowing that the Long Island native ended his career on a high note. "I don't have to ever do anything again. I love this film so much," he told reporters on the red carpet.

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