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A few days after his grandmother Mildred V. Leanord passed away, Big Sean expressed his heartfelt emotions with a lengthy Instagram caption.

“My grandma passed away a couple days ago. I haven’t said anything to anyone because honestly I feel like she’s still here,” the rapper explained. “I definitely can feel her consciousness. I’m having a hard time accepting her death, but I must acknowledge my grandma’s life, a true hero.”

Sean goes on to explain that his grandmother was one of the first Black female captains in World War 2 and that she had a master’s degree. She was also a police officer, a teacher and a counselor in Detroit, Michigan, Sean said.

“She was the best grandma anyone could ever ask for,” he added. “She supported me so much in every aspect and part of my life, even when I went against what was becoming traditional in our family, and didn’t go to college to pursue music. She made a better life for me and the rest of my family, and I will forever be grateful I got to know and be loved by such an amazing woman.”

Sean’s love for his grandmother continued throughout the caption as he also explained how much she influenced his perspective on giving back.

“She was truly a treasure to this world and everyone she came in contact with,” he added. “She’s the reason why I’m so passionate about giving back. Her spirit will live through her family. We miss and love u so much Grandma!”

Sean’s posts about his grandmother are below:

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