Octavia Spencer is mourning the loss of her nephew.
“Grief. You wouldn’t know it by this picture that today was the second-worst day of my life,” she wrote alongside a photo of pink flowers. “My family lost the first of the next generation of us, and we’re gutted,” Spencer posted to Instagram on May 31.
Octavia Spencer Mourns Tragic Death of Her Nephew: ‘My Family Lost The First Of The Next Generation Of Us’
“Grief is the most terrifying of emotions because I can’t laugh my way out of it. I have to feel,” she continued. “Right now, I’m feeling for my sister who lost her only son. Her only child. If you’re praying people, pray for her and my brother-in-law.”
Octavia, who has six siblings, did not share the name of her nephew or any additional details about his death. The news comes after Spencer celebrated her 52nd birthday.
“Thank you all for the outpouring of well wishes and love on my 50th (IMBD age) birthday. It’s bittersweet. This picture was taken on my actual birthday,” Octavia, whose birthday is May 25, shared.
“Some friends stopped by to surprise me with balloons and the wind took them to a neighbor’s tree. The good Lord knew we needed the laugh considering the terrifying week.”
Octavia went on to reference the tragic and seemingly incessant mass shootings in the United States.
“The tragedies in Buffalo and Uvalde are emblematic of a greater problem in this nation: apathy,” she wrote. “We’ve become desensitized to the evil genie that is gun violence. Clearly, the genie is out of the bottle but it can be stopped. How? Well, we have to take its power!!”
“A genie with no magic is just a puff of smoke. Change the d*** gun laws,” she concluded her post. “My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost family members this week.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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