Louis Gossett Jr.'s “Color Purple ”Costars Pay Tribute to Actor After His Death: 'A True Legend'

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In his post, David Alan Grier told a smile-worthy story about Gossett that involved a time the actor "strolled down the street with a girl on each arm"

<p>Fantasia/Instagram</p> Fantasia Barrino and Louis Gossett Jr. on the set of 2023

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Fantasia Barrino and Louis Gossett Jr. on the set of 2023's The Color Purple

Louis Gossett Jr.'s costars from The Color Purple are remembering the late Oscar winner.

Fantasia Barrino, Colman Domingo and David Alan Grier all posted heartfelt messages about Gossett on social media Friday, with Barrino, 39, writing on Instagram, "What an Awesome Man you were and the stories you told us, I’ll never ever forget."

In her post, Barrino included images and videos of Gossett on the set of their 2023 musical film, including a sweet shot of her planting a kiss on his head.

She added in her caption, "You left behind so many tokens for us and paved the way for Black Actors and Actresses. You will be missed, but Man did you Live a Blessed Life," concluding, #WeLoveYouForever 💜💜💜💜."

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<p>Fantasia/Instagram</p> Fantasia Barrino and Louis Gossett Jr. on the set of 2023's <em>The Color Purple</em>

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Fantasia Barrino and Louis Gossett Jr. on the set of 2023's The Color Purple

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In the caption of his post, Domingo, 54, began "We lost a true great. A true legend."

"What an honor to have been able to give him his flowers on his last day of his final film 'The Color Purple' where he played my father," he continued.

The moment Domingo is referring to in his post was also shared by Barrino, and depicts the cast and crew thanking Gossett for his work on the film and how he paved the way before that.

<p>Coleman Domingo/Instagram</p> Louis Gossett Jr. (L); Colman Domingo and Louis Gossett Jr. in <em>The Color Purple</em> (2023)

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Louis Gossett Jr. (L); Colman Domingo and Louis Gossett Jr. in The Color Purple (2023)

"We thank you, dear legend. You may not think of yourself this way, but we know you are, and we are on your shoulders," Domingo says in the video. "Thank you. We appreciate you so much, and all you gave to us today. We thank you so much."

"Fantasia sang it best ... He ran his race for us," Domingo added in the caption, referencing the end of the video in which Barrino sings their gratitude to Gossett. "We are forever indebted. May we stand firmly on his shoulders. Lift him up today. R.I.P."

<p>Everett</p> Louis Gossett Jr. in <em>The Color Purple</em> (2023)

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Louis Gossett Jr. in The Color Purple (2023)

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"Rest in peace Lou Gossett Jr. one of my fave acting heroes. Hung out with him years ago at the Toronto film festival ... I bailed at 2 AM as he bid me good evening and strolled down the street with a girl on each arm," Grier, 67, wrote alongside a throwback snapshot of Gossett.

He added to the hilarious anecdote, "I saw him at breakfast the next morning and he winked at me saying 'You couldn’t hang, could you?' My man!!!!!! 🤴🏾🙏🏾🕊️🙏🏾."

The Associated Press was first to report news of Gossett's death after the actor's nephew told the outlet he died Thursday night in Santa Monica, California. No cause of death has yet been revealed.

"It is with our heartfelt regret to confirm our beloved father passed away this morning," Gossett Jr.'s family said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE Friday. "We would like to thank everyone for their condolences at this time. Please respect the family's privacy during this difficult time."

Gossett is survived by his two adult sons, Satie and Sharron.

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