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In the weeks since the terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, U.K., many celebrities have made tributes and efforts to show their support for the victims and their families.


But, Martyn Hett, one of the 22 victims killed in the attack, may have received one of the most touching tributes from one of his idols.

At the 29-year-old’s funeral, pop star Mariah Carey sent a video message to be played.

“I know that you’re shining down on us from heaven,” Carey said, “and I’m happy that all your family and your friends are gathered together in honor of you.”

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Carey had learned that Hett was a huge fan of her work and had even posted a picture of him to her Instagram.

Hett was also a huge fan of the long-running British soap opera “Coronation Street.” His funeral was attended by several members of the series, and his coffin was even “Coronation Street” themed.

Hett’s father, Paul, spoke of his son as someone who “inspired everyone around him.”

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“In a very nice way, Martyn loved being in the limelight and the center of attention,” Paul said. “He would be loving every minute of this fantastic celebration of his life.”

Hett’s mother also described the funeral as “theatrical” and “the way he wanted to exit.” Hett’s funeral also had the dress code “black and fabulous.”

Mariah Carey sent a touching message to the funeral of a Manchester bombing victim Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images
Alex Carrigan About the author:
Alex Carrigan is a copy editor for Rare. He is originally from Newport News, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014. He has a B.S. in Mass Communications: Print/Online Journalism and volunteers as the Communications and PR Manager for the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop. He longs to travel, write, ...Read more
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