Jeezy Reveals His Beloved Mother's Death in Emotional Tribute: 'You Taught Me to Be a Man'
"When I had nothing or no one, I had you Mamma," he wrote
Jeezy is mourning the loss of his mother.
On Wednesday, the rap star, 43, penned a touching tribute to her as he revealed she had been laid to rest.
"You taught me to be a man when I was a boy," he began. "Made me man up [and] be a father when I was a kid. Raised me to be a natural born leader when I was lost. You lifted me when I was down. Inspired me when I had no inspiration. Always told me I was Bigger than my circumstances."
The star went on to call his mom his super hero, adding that she was a strong woman who "feared nothing or no one.. No obstacle or set backs."
Her cause of death is unclear, but in 2019, Jeezy told Hot New Hip Hop that she had been battling undisclosed health complications.
Jeezy also expressed his gratitude for his mom's love and support.
"When I had nothing or no one, I had you Mamma," he wrote. "You was hard on me. I thank you for that. You gave me confidence when I didn't have any. Made me feel like I can put the world on my back and walk barefoot. You never judged or down talked my dreams. Or my downfalls. You just encouraged."
While paying tribute to his mom, he also shared his heartfelt sentiments for his late sibling. "Kiss my brother Michael," wrote the star. "Tell 'em we love him. And to take care of you. You are in a better place."
Jeezy concluded his emotional post with a sweet promise to his mom. "With that beautiful smile on your face ... I will continue to make you proud. I LOVE YOU MOMMA. FORVER MY MOMMA'S BABY ❤️🙏🏾 Don't you worry, I got Trina and the Family. Rest in Heaven our Queen 👸🏽."
A rep for Jeezy did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.
Jeezy and his mom rekindled their relationship years after he left her home at about 11 years old and began selling drugs out of his grandma's house, he told Rolling Stone in 2011. He recalled leaving home as a child because his mom was battling drug addiction. But things changed for the pair when he found her in a crackhouse. "It was a reality check," he told the outlet.
"Seeing my mother in that state ... That was one of the most vulnerable times in my life," he said while chatting with Sway Calloway for MTV's RapFixLive. "This is my mother, I love her to death. I didn't understand how to deal with it, so I felt by distancing myself, that would help me get over it."
But ultimately, his mom worked to get sober and the pair rebuilt their relationship. "I was proud, man," he told Calloway, 49. "It was painful, but at the same time, it taught me a valuable lesson in life. People can be the way they are, but as long as they're willing to change — that's what you've got to look at."