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Janet Jackson Posts Emotional Tribute as She Mourns Death of 'Good Times' Costar Ja'Net DuBois

Monica Otayza
Feb 19, 2020
08:40 A.M.
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Janet Jackson paid tribute to her "Good Times" co-star and friend, Ja'Net DuBois, who shockingly passed away in her California home.

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Janet Jackson was one of the many who were surprised by the passing of her good friend, Ja'Net DuBois. The pair acted alongside each other on the hit show "Good Times."

Ja'Net DuBois was found dead in her home in Glendale, California, on Tuesday morning.

Janet Jackson and Ja'net Dubois at the Janet Jackson's State Of The World Tour After Party at Lure on October 8, 2017 | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Janet Jackson and Ja'net Dubois at the Janet Jackson's State Of The World Tour After Party at Lure on October 8, 2017 | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

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JANET JACKSON AND JA'NET DUBOIS' RELATIONSHIP

On Instagram, the singer-actress shared heartwarming pictures of her and DuBois through the years, sharing a hug in all of them.

She made sure to share a heartfelt caption along with the photos, which expressed her feelings about her friend's death. Janet said:

"I am so very saddened to hear my longtime friend Ja'Net DuBois has passed away. I saw first hand how she broke stereotypes and changed the landscape for Black women in entertainment. I'm grateful in recent years I had a chance to see her and create more lasting memories."

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Actress Ja'net DuBois arrives at the Heroes In The Struggle Gala at Director's Guild Of America on December 1, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

Actress Ja'net DuBois arrives at the Heroes In The Struggle Gala at Director's Guild Of America on December 1, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

KEEPING IN TOUCH THROUGH THE YEARS

DuBois played Willona Woods in the 1970s sitcom "Good Times," and stayed for the duration of its six-season run. At the time, Jackson, 11, joined the cast during the show's fifth season and was Willona's adoptive daughter.

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Since then, the two have remained in touch, and would occasionally see one another through the years. Recently, they would see one another a lot more than usual and it's something that Janet will always treasure.

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DUBOIS' SHOCKING SUDDEN DEATH

Ja'Net DuBois was found dead in her home in Glendale, California, on Tuesday morning. She died in her sleep, but was reportedly in good health and had not been dealing with any illnesses before her sudden death.

Just a couple of weeks prior, she attended the "2020 The Hollywood Show" with co-stars BernNadette Stannis, Ralph Carter, Johnny Brown, and Jimmie Walker.

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REMEMBERING HER STELLAR CAREER

Aside from being on "Good Times," she also co-wrote and sang "Movin' On Up," which ended up as the theme song for the hit sitcom "The Jeffersons." Later on, she would gain two Emmy Awards for her voiceover work in "The PJs," which aired from 1999 to 2001.

Friends of DuBois, such as Janet Jackson and BernNadette Stanis are just some of the many who shared about their experiences with Ja'Net following her death, and many more are mourning around the world.

Rest In Peace, Ja'Net.

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