Beyonce has paid tribute to her tour photographer Yosra El-Essawy following her death at the age of 33.

The snapper passed away last week (ends26Oct14) after fighting esophageal cancer for almost a year and a half.

El-Essawy was diagnosed with the disease while working on Beyonce's Mrs Carter trek in June last year (13), and was forced to pull out of touring and undergo chemotherapy.

Beyonce has now posted two photos to Instagram.com in tribute to her friend and former colleague. The first picture, which El-Essawy previously uploaded earlier in the year (14), features the words 'For indeed with hardship (will be) relief', which is the meaning of the photographer's name. The second is of a woman, who appears to be El-Essawy, taking a photo at a gig.

Beyonce previously dedicated a performance of her song Halo to El-Essawy whilst on tour, she also shared a short documentary about the photographer with fans.