The horrific incident sparked what is now six days, and counting, of protests calling for justice and equality after years of racial prejudice, suppression, brutality and countless lives taken in similar circumstances.
While we may be separated by thousands of kilometres of ocean, the cry for change is no less significant or poignant.
Our most notable celebrities, residing here and in the US, are amongst those voices – and we’ve rounded up their messages below.
Hugh Sheridan shared a series of emotive photos from the riots, letting a picture paint a thousand words.
A famous message from Martin Luther King Jr many have chosen to share, including Margot Robbie reads: “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.”
E! News host Scott Tweedie made the move to New York this year and is currently in the city seeing the protests first hand.
“You can hear the chants of peaceful protests echoing around NYC and all over America right now. Black lives matter! #JusticeForFloyd” he wrote.
Euphoria and The Kissing Booth star, Jacob shared this message: “#blacklivesmatter then, now and forever. Please don’t let it trend into a deafening silence. Yours is a fear that I have not had to endure. I stand with you all. Please stand with each other. Stay educated and stay alert. Look after one another. Be kind and love."
Packed To The Rafters' Rebecca Gibney brought the cause home to Australia.
“We need to educate ourselves and our children. We need to support organisations. We need to change our ways. United we stand, divided we fall.”
Home And Away’s Sam Frost shared resources for Australians to give their support to before reminding fans that amongst the violence there is still kindness.
"We must acknowledge that injustice exists. It’s time to stand up and make changes, ask questions & take action. We can’t be silent anymore. This isn’t just America’s problem," The Voice co-host wrote before instructing her followers to seek out the link in her bio for useful resources.