Madonna breaks her silence to pay her respects to “one of the most significant guys in my life.”

Madonna is in grief. After the passing of Seymour Stein, the record label executive who discovered and signed her in 1982, the pop icon paid an emotional Instagram homage to him over the weekend.

“Seymour Stein Has Passed Away!” “I need to catch my breath,” the 64-year-old singer said besides a carousel of vibrant vintage images of herself with Seymour. “He was among the most impactful men I’ve ever known!!” He influenced and shaped my life.” The “Like a Virgin” singer then gave her interpretation of a pop music legend’s life.