today should have been @martynhett’s 30th birthday. | Photo: danhett Twitter
Family and friends of the late Martyn Hett have taken to Twitter to remember him on what would have been his 30th birthday.
The gay Ariana Grande fan was the 10th person to be confirmed as a victim of the Manchester bombing of an Ariana Grande concert.
Hett and his boyfriend Russel had appeared on and won British show Come Dine With Me together.
Hett was also a huge fan of British show Coronation street.
He appeared on reality show Tattoo Fixers to get a giant tattoo of his favorite character, Deirdre Barlow, on his leg.
Shortly before the bombing, Hett had quit his job as a digital manager at a PR firm to go on a two-month trip around the US.
Celebrities, including Mariah Carey and Wendy Williams, paid tribute to him.
His brother, Dan Hett, posted to Twitter explaining today would have been the LGBTI advocate’s 30th birthday.
Dan posted a picture of flowers he’d left on Hett’s memorial bench.
today should have been @martynhett‘s 30th birthday. I wanted to leave some budget vodka and a Supermarket Sweep boxset but apparently that’s not the done thing.
Stay young, bruv. pic.twitter.com/aCWKGmhCLq
— Dan Hett (@danhett) December 15, 2017
Hett’s boyfriend Russell Hayward also shared his own tribute.
He posted a heartbreaking statement and two pictures of the pair on Twitter.
The pictures were the ‘first and last pic of us.’
Russell said: ‘Thank you for making my life so so happy and magical. You made me the person I am today and I’ll forever be grateful to you.
‘I’ve done many things this year; I’ve taken myself out of my comfort zone to do things for you because the love and respect I have for you completely overtook grief.’
Read the rest of the emotional statement below.
— 🥃Russell (@RussellHayward) December 15, 2017
Friends of Hett shared pictures of themselves with him, saying ‘Hope you’re having a scream up there.’
— Christian Webb (@MrChristianWebb) December 15, 2017
Hett had a large following on the internet and was a contributor to gay magazines Attitude and QX.
— Stubo ✨ (@stubotweets) December 15, 2017
Hundreds gathered in a park in Stockport to celebrate the life of Hett in late May.
Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati turned up to read a poem written by one of the show’s former writers in Hett’s honor.
Read more tributes below
Happy 30th @martynhett you eternally skinny youthful legend. Hope you’re having a scream up there. I’m commemorating your birthday with this pic of us because I know you hated it 💞 pic.twitter.com/pNARcsnJSA
— Ian Warren (@ijwarren) December 15, 2017
all i want for christmas is you played at my work just after midnight last night. little signs like that make me remember that you’re still here @martynhett and that you’d never let me forget that it is YOUR birthday now 💕 today is v difficult but i’m gonna listen to mariah 4 u
— cba (@harryjonesxo) December 15, 2017
Happy Birthday to the iconic & adored Martyn Hett. I feel very lucky to have known you albeit briefly in life & i am inspired by the pride & love of your friends & family every single day. Now where’s the vodddyyy 🍸
— Matt Blakemore (@MattBlakemore) December 15, 2017
— Gavin ❄ (@GavinWorby) December 15, 2017
Thinking of @martynhett and all his loved ones today,what a impact this special man has made,in life and in death ❤️💕❤️💕❤️🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
— Nick 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈 (@boyz_allowed) December 15, 2017