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Janet Jackson Shares Sweet Tribute To Ja'Net DuBois After Passing: 'I'll Miss You'

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By Whitney Vasquez

Janet Jackson took to social media to express her heartbreak after hearing the news that her dear friend and co-star Ja'Net DuBois had passed away. Posting several photos of the two throughout the decades, the singer shared a tearjerking message on Tuesday to her 4.2 million Instagram followers. The duo had known each other for years, first meeting on the set of the '70s sitcom, "Good Times" where Ja'Net DuBois played Willona Woods and Janet Jackson portrayed her adopted daughter “Penny” Woods.

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Janet's Message:

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Ja'Net DuBois passed away in her Glendale home on Tuesday. She was 74 years old. Remembering her longtime friend, Janet Jackson wrote, "I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja’Net DuBois has passed away." Stating that she saw firsthand how the actress "broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment," Janet Jackson said she's grateful for the time they spent together. "I’m grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories," the singer continued. "I pray for comfort for all her family and friends. Thank you Ja’Net, I’ll miss you."

'Good Times' Cast Speaks Out:

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Janet Jackson isn't the only co-star from "Good Times" who is paying tribute to Ja'Net DuBois. BernNadette Stanis, who played Thelma Evans on the hit series, shared a touching video remembering the fallen star. “Rest In Peace Ja’Net DuBois. We had so many wonderful memories on Good Times,” she said in the video. Viola Davis, who appeared in the ABC remake special “Live in Front of a Studio Audience,” posted a sweet snap with her on set and wrote, “Oh man!!! Just saw you! What a pleasure it was to meet you. You shaped so much of the best memories of my childhood! God bless you, Ja’net DuBois! RIP."

R.I.P.

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The executive producer of the original "Good Times," Norman Lear, shared a picture with Ja'Net DuBois and reminded everyone that the legendary actress also wrote and sang the iconic theme song for “The Jeffersons.” Pairing the photo with a meaningful message, he wrote, “Ja’Net DuBois was all light and will be missed. I love that she wrote the theme song for her passing, ‘Movin’ on Up.'" According to several reports, Ja’Net DuBois died in her sleep on Monday at her Glendale home.

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