Saturday 21 April 2018

Snapchatter James Kavanagh pays tribute to friend and Manchester terror attack victim Martyn Hett

Martyn Hett
Martyn Hett
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Irish Snapchatter James Kavanagh has paid tribute to his friend Martyn Hett, one of the victims of the Manchester terror attack.

The 29-year-old from Stockport was confirmed as one of the victims from Monday night's tragedy by his 'soulmate', Russel Hayward.

The popular YouTube star was a writer and PR manager who made appearances on television documentaries and reality shows such as Come Dine With Me (which he won) and Tattoo Fixers.

He made a huge impression with the online community through his Twitter and YouTube accounts, eventually befriending Dublin-based Snapchatter James Kavanagh.

As the tributes pour in for Martyn, James took to Facebook to remember his friend.

"The world has lost one of its most hilarious and iconic people. From the moment we met, I knew I struck gold in the friend department. I was instantly in love with him & his equally iconic and beautiful other half, Russell," he wrote.

"Last night, I went back through our Facebook messages and was laughing and crying at how razor sharp and witty he always was no matter what he was saying to me. He was a total joy in my life, and I'm now seeing that he didn't just light up my life, he enriched and lit up hundreds (probably thousands) of other peoples' [sic] lives too."

He continued: "You'll always be in my mind Martyn Haken Hett, you total and utter gas bitch of life  I'm imagining you glugging wine and eating marrow with Deirdre Barlow somewhere. My love and thoughts are with his family, legions of friends & Russell."

Martyn was popular with the online community through his Twitter account and humorous YouTube videos, some of which were watched more than 400,000 times.

This morning, his heartbroken boyfriend with whom he appeared on Come Dine With Me, tweeted: "We got the news last night that our wonderful, iconic and beautiful Martyn didn't survive.

"He left the world exactly how he lived, centre of attention. I'm in a really bad way so please forgive if I don't reply.

"Thankfully I have his wonderful and amazing friends to keep each other strong. I love you Martyn. I always will".

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