The relationship between actress Jada Pinkett Smith and iconic rapper Tupac Shakur has often times been documented through pictures, poems, documentaries and more. While his life was unexpectedly taken in 1996, Smith (along with millions of other friends, family and fans) still grieves over his passing. On Saturday (Oct. 11), Smith took to her Facebook to reminisce about losing people close to her due to violence.

In the open letter, Smith speaks on losing her friend Maxine around the same time Tupac lost his life. Both lives were taken in tragic incidents.

"I'm having a deeply reflective Saturday. In this picture I'm flanked by two extremely close friends of mine...Tupac and Maxine. They both died tragically not too far apart from one another. I flipped through more pictures of my youth only to come across at least 6 other friends who had been taken from this world...violently. I can't even count acquaintances."

Read the full letter below:


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