Usher remembers his late drummer Aaron Spears with emotions: ‘He will always be my hero’ at funeral

Usher broke down in tears while honoring late drummer Aaron Spears at his Celebration of Life service, which took place at First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, MD last Friday.

The Washington, DC-born musician tragically died on October 30, just four days after his 47th birthday, from undisclosed causes.

‘He was my hero, man,’ the 45-year-old R&B belter started his eulogy in a video obtained by DailyMail.com.

‘I couldn’t let him know how I felt about him enough. But I hope that he saw it every time I picked up a pair of sticks and I went to drum. He meant that much to me, and he will continue to mean that much to me as a friend. That’s an amazing force.

‘I will always love Aaron Spears. I will have him in my mind no matter when I’m playing, where I’m playing – I always hear his rolls. I always hear him backing me up. He follows me everywhere I go, and I was like, “Man, you caught that?! You cold, bro! You the baddest.” He was that dude.’

Emotional speech: Usher broke down in tears while honoring late drummer Aaron Spears at his Celebration of Life service, which took place at First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, MD last Friday

Emotional speech: Usher broke down in tears while honoring late drummer Aaron Spears at his Celebration of Life service, which took place at First Baptist Church of Glenarden Worship Center in Upper Marlboro, MD last Friday

RIP: The Washington, DC-born musician (R, pictured in 2014) tragically died on October 30, just four days after his 47th birthday, from undisclosed causes

RIP: The Washington, DC-born musician (R, pictured in 2014) tragically died on October 30, just four days after his 47th birthday, from undisclosed causes

Usher (last name Raymond IV) went on to say he was thankful that musical director Valdez Brantley introduced him to Aaron, whom he affectionately called ‘A Speezy.’

‘Before, we were three pieces and a biscuit,’ the eight-time Grammy winner joked referring to KFC, which made the crowd laugh.

‘And after that, we became the funk rock orchestra, man. I love you, A. Spears. I love you family like they’re my own. I love you for making certain that you kept us together. And no matter where we were, no matter what was going on, that man would always just call. 

‘He would encourage me. He would say, “Man, you’re gonna be alright.” He would say, “Tonight is gonna be the most incredible night ever!” The opening night, he not even playing on the stage. I’m like, “Man, Aaron, you are just God sent, man.”‘

Usher continued: ‘I honor this man. I praise him for the person he is to each and every person in this room, because we recognize and we acknowledge him. We acknowledge him for what it is that he offered to us. We appreciate having these things. And I tell you, as you leave, appreciate the ones that you have while you have them. Honor them and let them know how you feel about them.’

Spears received a Grammy Award nomination in 2005 for his work on the Transparency singer’s fourth studio album, Confessions.

The beloved percussionist also worked with Usher’s protĂ©gĂ© Justin Bieber, who wrote upon his untimely passing: ‘We lost a beautiful man and inspiration to all of us drummers. @aspears prayers for your family and loved ones. You will be remembered and celebrated.’

Aaron also reportedly lent his beat to pop stars like Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus.

The 45-year-old R&B belter started his eulogy: 'He was my hero, man...I will always love Aaron Spears. I will have him in my mind no matter when I'm playing, where I'm playing - I always hear his rolls. I always hear him backing me up. He follows me everywhere I go, and I was like, "Man, you caught that?! You cold, bro! You the baddest." He was that dude'

The 45-year-old R&B belter started his eulogy: ‘He was my hero, man…I will always love Aaron Spears. I will have him in my mind no matter when I’m playing, where I’m playing – I always hear his rolls. I always hear him backing me up. He follows me everywhere I go, and I was like, “Man, you caught that?! You cold, bro! You the baddest.” He was that dude’

Tearing up: Usher (last name Raymond IV) went on to say he was thankful that musical director Valdez Brantley introduced him to Aaron, whom he affectionately called 'A Speezy'

Tearing up: Usher (last name Raymond IV) went on to say he was thankful that musical director Valdez Brantley introduced him to Aaron, whom he affectionately called ‘A Speezy’

The eight-time Grammy winner continued: 'I love you, A. Spears. I love you family like they're my own. I love you for making certain that you kept us together. And no matter where we were, no matter what was going on, that man would always just call'

The eight-time Grammy winner continued: ‘I love you, A. Spears. I love you family like they’re my own. I love you for making certain that you kept us together. And no matter where we were, no matter what was going on, that man would always just call’

Usher added: 'He would encourage me. He would say, "Man, you're gonna be alright." He would say, "Tonight is gonna be the most incredible night ever!" The opening night, he not even playing on the stage. I'm like, "Man, Aaron, you are just God sent, man"'

Usher added: ‘He would encourage me. He would say, “Man, you’re gonna be alright.” He would say, “Tonight is gonna be the most incredible night ever!” The opening night, he not even playing on the stage. I’m like, “Man, Aaron, you are just God sent, man”‘

The Transparency singer concluded: 'I honor this man. I praise him for the person he is to each and every person in this room, because we recognize and we acknowledge him. We acknowledge him for what it is that he offered to us. We appreciate having these things. And I tell you, as you leave, appreciate the ones that you have while you have them. Honor them and let them know how you feel about them'

The Transparency singer concluded: ‘I honor this man. I praise him for the person he is to each and every person in this room, because we recognize and we acknowledge him. We acknowledge him for what it is that he offered to us. We appreciate having these things. And I tell you, as you leave, appreciate the ones that you have while you have them. Honor them and let them know how you feel about them’

Brother from another mother: Spears received a Grammy Award nomination in 2005 for his work on Usher's fourth studio album, Confessions

Brother from another mother: Spears received a Grammy Award nomination in 2005 for his work on Usher’s fourth studio album, Confessions

The beloved percussionist also worked with Usher's protégé Justin Bieber, who wrote upon his untimely passing: 'We lost a beautiful man and inspiration to all of us drummers. @aspears prayers for your family and loved ones. You will be remembered and celebrated'

The beloved percussionist also worked with Usher’s protĂ©gĂ© Justin Bieber, who wrote upon his untimely passing: ‘We lost a beautiful man and inspiration to all of us drummers. @aspears prayers for your family and loved ones. You will be remembered and celebrated’ 

'I can't wrap my head around this': Aaron also reportedly lent his beat to pop stars like Ariana Grande (M, pictured in 2019), Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus

‘I can’t wrap my head around this’: Aaron also reportedly lent his beat to pop stars like Ariana Grande (M, pictured in 2019), Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Miley Cyrus

Ariana wrote after his death: 'We were all so incredibly lucky to know Aaron. The absolute brightest light of a human being. Always the kindest, always smiling. I am so honored and thankful that our paths crossed, and to have spent special time together. Thank you for your utter brilliance, for our laughs, and for your kindness always. I will miss your hugs. You are so, so loved and will be so very missed'

Ariana wrote after his death: ‘We were all so incredibly lucky to know Aaron. The absolute brightest light of a human being. Always the kindest, always smiling. I am so honored and thankful that our paths crossed, and to have spent special time together. Thank you for your utter brilliance, for our laughs, and for your kindness always. I will miss your hugs. You are so, so loved and will be so very missed’ 

'I have no words': Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and Prince muse Sheila E. were among the famous drummers paying tribute to his memory

‘I have no words’: Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and Prince muse Sheila E. were among the famous drummers paying tribute to his memory

June 3 family portrait: Spears is survived by his wife Jessica Rae Dobson Spears and their nine-year-old son August Preston Spears

June 3 family portrait: Spears is survived by his wife Jessica Rae Dobson Spears and their nine-year-old son August Preston Spears

Headlining the Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show! Meanwhile, the Texan-born Georgia native will next resume his Usher My Way: The Las Vegas Residency at Dolby Live inside Park MGM this Wednesday (pictured November 9)

Headlining the Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show! Meanwhile, the Texan-born Georgia native will next resume his Usher My Way: The Las Vegas Residency at Dolby Live inside Park MGM this Wednesday (pictured November 9)

‘I can’t wrap my head around this,’ Ariana wrote after his death.

‘We were all so incredibly lucky to know Aaron. The absolute brightest light of a human being. Always the kindest, always smiling. I am so honored and thankful that our paths crossed, and to have spent special time together. Thank you for your utter brilliance, for our laughs, and for your kindness always. I will miss your hugs. You are so, so loved and will be so very missed.’

Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and Prince muse Sheila E. were among the famous drummers paying tribute to his memory.

Spears is survived by his wife Jessica Rae Dobson Spears and their nine-year-old son August Preston Spears.

Meanwhile, the Texan-born Georgia native – who’s headlining the Super Bowl LVIII Halftime Show – will next resume his Usher My Way: The Las Vegas Residency at Dolby Live inside Park MGM this Wednesday.

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