Mariah Carey has shared a heartfelt Instagram tribute to gay super fan Martyn Hett, one of 22 people killed by a suicide bombing in Manchester on Monday.
The Loverboy singer shared the message to fans along with a picture of Martyn proudly wearing a Rainbow-era T-shirt.
She wrote: ‘Devastated to learn that one of the victims in Manchester was part of the #Lambily. RIP Martyn Hett.’
She furthermore added: ‘We will cherish your memory forever. His family and all the families affected are in my thoughts and prayers. MC.’
Martyn is one of 22 people confirmed dead so far after the bombing at an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester Arena on Monday.
An eight-year-old girl, Saffie Rose Roussos, and couple Chloe Rutherford, 17, and Liam Curry, 19, are also among those who lost their lives.
A post shared by Martyn Hett (@martynhett) on
Journalist and PR manager Martyn was also known for being a cult fan of Coronation Street. He even had a tattoo of iconic character Deirdre Barlow, played by the late Anne Kirkbride.
Elsewhere, Mariah wasn’t the only pop culture icon to post about Martyn’s passing. But hers certainly went down better than Madonna’s.
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The Hung Up singer has been branded ‘selfish’ and ‘self-indulgent’ for her social media response.
She shared a picture of herself and Ariana pouting, along with the message: ‘Thank goodness my friend is OK. Lets all pray for the innocent victims who are not OK. For their families and for Manchester.’
Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian was roundly criticised for tweeting a picture of her and Ariana at a Kanye West concert in response to the tragedy.
She has since deleted the post.
Meanwhile, Martyn’s brother Dan has also been speaking out on Twitter.
Posting a screen grab of Martyn’s name trending, ‘heartbroken’ Dan admitted ‘he would, I think it’s safe to say, be fucking loving this.’
he would, I think it’s safe to say, be fucking loving this. pic.twitter.com/s7ffAWBTPj
— Dan Hett (@danhett) 24 May 2017
He also drew attention to Mariah’s Instagram post, saying: ‘I was a little dubious about Martyn’s recent bold social media move, but it worked.’
I was a little dubious about Martyn’s recent bold social media move, but it worked. pic.twitter.com/cPi0sCKQ2b
— Dan Hett (@danhett) 25 May 2017