"It's insane," Ashanti told MTV News on Monday night. "I can't even express it, the pain that she must be going through. I can't imagine going through that. I just pray that she's strong and she takes the time to heal herself. My prayers go out to her and her family. God bless."
Since everyone grieves in their own way, Nelly told MTV News there's no real right or wrong thing to say to someone when you're trying to console them — just saying something, period, is what matters. "It's a rough thing to talk about," he said. "It's like, what do you say? You really don't know what to say to a person when you talk about death or losing a loved one."
He wouldn't want people fussing over him, he said, but that's because "I'm a funny dude when it comes to things like that. I'm pretty much a loner, and I deal with my own problems and things personally." All anyone can do, he said, is "send your blessings and positive energy."
"Hopefully, that will help her stay strong," he added. "Hopefully, there will come a day where she can move on from it. But I don't think she'll ever forget about it."
Nelly knows — he lost his sister Jackie to leukemia three years ago. "It's hard," he said. "I still think about her every day. So I don't think there will ever come a day where she doesn't think about it, but that's good too. It helps keep the memory alive."
Whatever path Hudson needs to take to mourn the loss of her family members, her "Sex and the City" castmate Mario Cantone said that people need to respect her choice.
"If she wants to throw herself into her work, great," Cantone told MTV News. "If she doesn't, she shouldn't. She should do what she needs to do and not let anybody tell her what to do. I just hope she takes all the time she needs and surrounds herself with everyone who loves her so that she can get through this in her own way and in her own time."
Cantone said that "life is so fragile and unpredictable and scary" that you never know what could happen to anyone. "Here she is — she's so sweet and lovely, she's brilliant, her album is on the top of the charts — and then this happens," he said. "I feel so awful for her. I just can't imagine what she's going through."
However long it takes, Cantone said he's looking forward to the day that Hudson feels ready to sing and act again, "because she's just phenomenal."
"I hope, if we do the ['Sex and the City'] sequel, she'll be a part of it," he said. "There's time. It's still early, and I'm hoping that happens, because that would be nice. I just can't wait until she's ready to come back and sing for all of us."