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Friday 19 September 2014

Imelda May pays tribute to cousin who lost battle with cancer

Published 13/08/2014 | 07:26

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Imelda May.
Imelda May.

Rockabilly singer Imelda May has paid tribute to her cousin Caroline Dowling who recently lost her battle with cancer.

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The 40-year-old singer, whose birth name is Imelda May Clabby, posted the moving tribute on Facebook last night.

"I don't often put very personal things on here but I feel I have to," she said.

"I've been deeply sad over the last few days and didn't want anyone to feel it at the gigs. The show must go on as they say and all the band and crew have been amazing as I grieved.

Imelda May's cousin Caroline Downey who tragically lost her battle with cancer at the age of 40

"You see, my fabulous, gorgeous, charismatic, funny and loving cousin Caroline Dowling (nee Clabby) died at 40 years old. She battled like a warrior with cancer and it unfortunately won...

"All my love goes to her two kids and husband.. Brother, sister, nieces and my Uncle Michael. Raise a glass or a smile to our Caroline."

Imelda has been married to band member Darren Higham since 2002.  Their daughter Violet turns one on August 23 and the singer took time out from her career to spend time with her new arrival.

However, the star has been on the promotional circuit recently after the launch of her latest album, 'Tribal' which shot to number one in Ireland and hit number three in the UK official charts.

Speaking to the Independent earlier this year, she said she wasn't bothered about turning 40 in July and added, "I suppose on a deeper note, I've lost friends along the way, so I'm quite happy to be still here and enjoying myself. I wouldn't complain about living longer, and being healthy".

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