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You're A Star finalist dies of cancer aged 28

TRIBUTES have been paid to a former You're A Star finalist who died this week after one of her songs featured in a Hollywood movie.

The blossoming career of singer Lorraine Maher, from Fivealley, Birr, Co Offaly, was cut short on Wednesday when she passed away aged 28, after a battle with cancer.

Lorraine made her name performing to nearly half a million viewers each night in the 2005 series of You're A Star – which was won by midlands neighbours Donna and Joseph McCaul.

"Such a talented and lovely girl a true star. Rip Lorraine," tweeted Donna McCaul.

Simon Casey, runner-up in the first series of the show, described the singer/songwriter as "having a unique talent".

Larry Bass, the CEO of company Screentime ShinAwil, said: "It's so terribly sad to hear that Lorraine has passed away so young.

"She was an exceptional singer but also incredibly popular with the other contestants and crew on the show."

Lorraine performed around Ireland before relocating to LA. She scored her Hollywood goal by having one of her songs featured on the movie, The Fifth Quarter, starring Aidan Quinn and Andie McDowell.