Yesterday was Met Gala Monday and we had the opportunity to see our favorite celebrities represent their camps through fashion. Unfortunately, Taraji P. Henson didn’t grace the carpet with her presence, but she had a perfect reason.

The actress took to Instagram to reveal that she “had to bury my dear sweet friend John Singleton” in Los Angeles on Monday. She further explained that she’s not in the mood to attend the Met Gala after such an emotional event.

Taraji P. Henson worked with Singleton in multiple projects including the classic film, Baby Boy (2001), as well as Four Brothers (2005), Hustle & Flow (2005), and he even directed an episode of Empire. Like many of our members of the Black Excellence committee, the actress credits Singleton for putting her on.

Page Six adds that the service that took place on Monday for the Boyz n the Hood writer/director was a private ceremony for family and close friends. A public celebration will go down soon.

Stay tuned to TheSource.com for updates on the public ceremony.