Following the announcement of rock ‘n’ roll icon Ronnie Spector’s passing, Zendaya is paying tribute to his career with a touching Instagram post. “This news breaks my heart. Talking about her like she’s not with us is strange because she’s so incredibly full of life,” said the Euphoria star wrote in a caption on Thursday. “There’s not a single time I’ve seen her without her signature red lips and bushy hair, a true rock star through and through. Ronnie, getting to know you has been one of the greatest honors of my life.”
Zendaya went on to thank Ronnie for “your unwavering love for performance, your strength, your resilience and your grace.” She continued her message, writing, “I admire you so much and am so grateful for the bond we share. You are a magical force of greatness and the world of music will never be the same. I wish everyone the world to live you like this I did.” She concluded by saying, “I hope to make you proud.”
Ronnie died on January 12 after a brief battle with cancer. She was 78 years old. Zendaya is set to portray Ronnie in an upcoming A24 biopic that will follow the rockstar’s early career, focusing on the formation of The Ronettes and their signing to Phil Spector’s Philles Records. Before her death, Ronnie selected Zendaya to play her in the film. She was also on board as an executive producer alongside the 25-year-old actor and his manager, Jonathan Greenfield.