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Post  margaret on Thu 25 Feb - 15:15

the one and only big_l wrote:they say he hanged himself in a wardrobe ...............must have been a closet gay



I saw it commented somewhere on internet 'it was ironic that a fashion designer chose to hang himself in a wardrobe'

I'm sorry to say l did laugh

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Post  Lioned on Thu 25 Feb - 18:36

I tried 'Auto erotic asphyxiation' once but i couldnt get the car in the wardrobe........

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TEDDY PRENDERGAST RIP

Post  Guest on Fri 26 Mar - 11:40

Sex symbol and soul singer Teddy Pendergrass dies at 59

Teddy Pendergrass, who became a sex symbol in the 1970s and '80s and later became an inspirational figure after suffering a devastating car accident that left him paralysed, died yesterday at age 59.

The singer's son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said his father died at a hospital in suburban Philadelphia. The singer underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had 'a difficult recovery,' his son said.

'To all his fans who loved his music, thank you,' his son said. 'He will live on through his music.'




Pendergrass, the first black male singer to record five consecutive multi-platinum albums, suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralysed from the waist down in the 1982 car accident. He spent six months in a hospital but returned to recording the next year with the album 'Love Language.'

He briefly returned to the stage at the Live Aid concert in 1985, performing from his wheelchair. He finally performed in his own concerts on Memorial Day weekend in 2001, with two sold-out shows in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Pendergrass later founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, an organisation whose mission is to encourage and help people with spinal cord injuries achieve their maximum potential in education, employment, housing, productivity and independence, according to its website.

Pendergrass, who was born in Philadelphia on March 26, 1950, gained popularity first as a member of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.

In 1971, the group signed a record deal with the legendary writer/producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. The group released it first single, 'I Miss You,' in 1972 and then released 'If You Don't Know Me by Now,' which was nominated for a Grammy Award.


Pendergrass quit the group in 1975 and embarked on a solo career in 1976.

It was his solo hits that brought him his greatest fame. With songs such as 'Love T.K.O.,' 'Close the Door' and 'I Don't Love You Anymore,' he came to define a new era of black male singers with his powerful, aggressive vocals that spoke of virility, not vulnerability.

His lyrics were never coarse, as those of later male R&B stars would be, but they had a sensual nature that bordered on erotic without being explicit.

'Turn Off the Lights' was a tune that perhaps best represented the many moods of Pendergrass - tender and coaxing yet strong as the song reached its climax.

Pendergrass made women swoon with each note, and his concerts were a testament to that adulation, with infamous stories of women throwing their underwear on stage for his affection.

Pendergrass is survived by his son, two daughters, his wife, his mother and nine grandchildren.

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Post  Guest on Fri 26 Mar - 11:43

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RTÉ broadcaster Gerry Ryan is found dead in Dublin

Post  Guest on Fri 30 Apr - 15:40

irishtimes.com - Friday, April 30, 2010, 14:55RTÉ broadcaster Gerry Ryan is found dead in Dublin

RTE presenter Gerry Ryan: was found dead at his Dublin home this morning


Ryan (53) failed to show up this morning for the 2fm radio show he has presented since 1988.

He was found at his apartment at Upper Leeson Street in Ballsbridge at 1pm.

The cause of death is unknown at present. Gardaí are investigating but foul play is not suspected.

In addition to his popular radio programme, the controversial broadcaste, who joined RTéin 1979, presented a host of television programmes, including Ryan Confidential, Gerry Ryan Tonight, Ryantown, Gerry Ryan's Hitlist and Operation Transformation.

He co-presented the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest from Dublin’s Point Theatre and replaced Pat Kenny for an edition of The Late Late Show in 2008.

He published his autobiography - Would the Real Gerry Ryan Please Stand Up - in 2008.

Ryan was consistently one of RTÉ’s most popular presenters, reflected in the fact he was the station’s second highest paid broadcaster with a salary in 2008 of €558,000.

The broadcaster announced a separation from his wife Morah in March 2008 after 26 years of marriage. The couple have five children.

His RTÉ colleague Miriam O’Callaghan wrote on her Twitter account: “Tragically it is true. So terribly shocking and sad. Life is just too cruel sometimes. RIP.”

Former 2fm colleague and now Today FM broadcaster Ian Dempsey wrote on Twitter: “Gerry Ryan RIP - shocking news just breaking - a big loss to radio and Ireland.”

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Post  Susan on Mon 10 May - 19:38

Does anyone know what he died of??

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Post  Guest on Mon 10 May - 21:52

Susan wrote:Does anyone know what he died of??

He had a heartattack. Ill update the thread now

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Tributes flood in for the late Gerry Ryan

Post  Guest on Mon 10 May - 21:54

Tributes flood in for the late Gerry Ryan
Tributes have been flooding in for the late RTÉ broadcaster Gerry Ryan, who was found dead yesterday.

Hundreds of people have signed a book of condolence in RTÉ's Radio Centre in Donnybrook.

President Mary McAleese said: "Gerry was an extraordinarily talented broadcaster whose unique communication skills and larger than life persona entertained and enlivened a national audience over many years."



"His untimely death will be widely mourned, by his fellow colleagues at RTÉ and his many fans, but most especially by his family and friends who are in my thoughts and prayers."

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said: "I have known Gerry over many years and I'm deeply shocked to hear news of his untimely death today."

"Gerry was a giant of Irish broadcasting for over 30 years. He had an incredible personality which won over the hearts and minds of many Irish people, evidenced by his legion of fans. He was an accomplished presenter and a gifted communicator."

"I want to express my deepest condolences to Gerry's family, friends and colleagues at RTÉ. They have suffered a great loss today."

"Gerry will be hugely missed by those with the good fortune to have known him."

Cathal Goan, Director General of RTÉ, said: "This is a moment of inexpressible grief. We have lost a broadcasting colleague whose presence, voice and work defined a broadcasting genre in Ireland and defined a generation."

"Those who had the privilege of working with him will have a sense of bewilderment at the suddenness of his leaving us, and an abiding affection for a broadcaster who was a one-off."

RTÉ broadcaster Dave Fanning said: "Within two months of going on air in the day time, he was the biggest thing in Irish broadcasting."

"He took to it like a duck to water and more importantly, the listeners took to him like a duck to water and to say he revolutionised broadcasting in Ireland would be a very small way of putting it."

"There was a complete openness and honesty (about him) and a little bit of madcap outrage that we hadn't heard before. His death is shocking."

Clare Duignan, Managing Director of RTÉ Radio said: "It is with immense shock that I learned earlier of the death of Gerry Ryan."

"Gerry was not only one of Ireland's finest broadcasters, he was a beloved friend and colleague to so many in RTÉ Radio and Television. Our thoughts at this time are with Gerry's family, his children and his friends."

"Gerry was at the heart of RTÉ for over 20 years - he was a highly entertaining larger-than-life broadcaster and colleague. He is truly, truly irreplaceable."

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President leads tributes to Ryan

Post  Guest on Mon 10 May - 21:56

President leads tributes to Ryan

RTE presenter Gerry RyanRelated


President Mary McAleese has led tributes to RTÉ broadcaster Gerry Ryan, who was found dead in Dublin today.

"Gerry was an extraordinarily talented broadcaster whose unique communication skills and larger than life persona entertained and enlivened a national audience over many years," Mrs McAleese said.

"His untimely death will be widely mourned, by his fellow colleagues at RTÉ and his many fans, but most especially by his family and friends who are in my thoughts and prayers."

Taoiseach Brian Cowen said he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the presenter’s death.

“Gerry was a household name and a broadcaster of immense talent and popularity,” Mr Cowen said. “His legion of fans will all be greatly shocked to hear this sad news.

“He was one of the greats of modern Irish broadcasting on radio and television. The Gerry Ryan Radio Show was compulsive listening for hundreds of thousands of people.”

Mr Cowen said Ryan was “informed and intelligent, forthright and articulate” as a broadcaster. “As a man, he was generous, famously irreverent and witty. I had had the pleasure of meeting him many times, both in front of and away from the microphone. He was always engaging company and a man of considerable charm."

Minister for Culture Mary Hanafin said Ryan’s personality was “legendary” and he was much loved, respected and admired by all of his colleagues and listeners. “He stretched and extended boundaries of radio broadcasting in Ireland,” the Minister said. His comfortable personal style with interviewees, both on radio and TV, ensured intimate dialogue was brought into the homes of a nation."

Green Party leader and Minister for the Environment John Gormley said he was shocked at the tragic news. “Gerry's ability as a broadcaster to take both the serious and light hearted stories was second to none. His good humour concealed a keen intellect and a commitment to straight journalism – he was a fair and accurate commentator,” he said.

Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan said he was “very saddened” to hear of the death of Ryan, whom he described as “an exuberant, intelligent broadcaster who always entertained”.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny said he learned of Ryan’s death with “deep shock and regret” and extended his condolences to Ryan’s family, friends and colleagues. “I would like to recognise the enormous contribution Gerry Ryan has made to broadcasting in Ireland and to the development of Irish society as a whole over the last 25 years,” Mr Kenny said. “Gerry brought a great spirit to his coverage on radio and television and engendered huge loyalty in the legion of fans dedicated to him.”

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern said Ryan was “a giant of Irish broadcasting" who had an incredible personality which won over the hearts and minds of many Irish people, evidenced by his legion of fans. "Gerry will be hugely missed by those with the good fortune to have known him," he said.

Labour’s communications spokeswoman Liz McManus said the presenter had “a broad appeal and a genuine talent for connecting with his audience”.

Extending his condolences to the family Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said Ryan was “a much loved and respected television and radio presenter and he will be sorely missed.”

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Emer Costello, said Ryan would be “fondly remembered as one of the most colourful broadcasters in talk-radio and television in Ireland”.

The Independent Broadcasters of Ireland, the representative body for Ireland’s independent commercial radio broadcasters, offered its sincere condolences to the Ryan family. “A great voice has been lost to Irish radio and the entire industry is deeply saddened to lose one of Ireland’s most professional broadcasters,” it said.

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Ryan's 'unconstrained spirit' honoured

RTE presenter Gerry Ryan: Photograph: Niall Carson/PA WireRelated
RTÉ's Gerry Ryan found dead | 30/04/2010President leads tributes to Ryan | 30/04/2010RONAN MCGREEVY

Veteran broadcaster Gay Byrne has described Gerry Ryan as an “unconstrained spirit” who lived life to the full.

Byrne said the news of his former colleague's sudden death was a “terribly frightening thing” for everybody.

He described Ryan as a “terrific friend, a terrific drinker and a terrific guy to be with”. He was also someone who was highly intelligent and well-read.

He said he was a great broadcaster who was not afraid to take on issues. “He was tremendously arrogant in his views and opinions and he was very funny about it at the same time. You couldn’t possibly take offence,” Byrne said.

“He lived live to the full, he was full of fun and hilarity and pure bloody devilment and that is how I will remember him.”

He was generous in spirit and a “terrific daddy to his kids”, Byrne added.

Fellow RTE broadcaster Joe Duffy choked back tears live on air this afternoon as he recalled the “bold schoolboy” he first met in 1979 at Trinity College Dublin.

“He was the best company you could ever have. He was bold in every sense of the meaning of that word. He was brave in his broadcasting, he was brave in his life, he lived his life to the full,” Duffy said.

“He was bold in the sense of being cheeky, bold in the sense of being arrogant, bold in the sense that you loved hanging around with the bold schoolboy in your class.”

Duffy said his friend was the best company anyone could have, was insightful, very intelligent, extraordinarily generous and a great mimic.

RTÉ's Dave Fanning said Ryan was the funniest man he had ever met. “Within two months of going on air in the day time, he was the biggest thing in Irish broadcasting,” he said. “He took to it like a duck to water and more importantly the listeners took to him like a duck to water and to say he revolutionised broadcasting in Ireland would be a very small way of putting it.”

Speaking on RTÉ’s Drivetime , long-time colleague Larry Gogan described Ryan as “the rock of 2fm”.

British broadcaster Chris Evans, who credited Ryan with saving his radio career, described him as “absolutely one of the best broadcasters in the world. Fabulous, fabulous communicator. Very sad to hear he has left us. He really was the cream of our radio crop.”

On tonight’s Late Late Show Ryan Tubridy said the “country has lost a great broadcaster and I have lost a great friend”.

The show included a number of guests including Gay Byrne, Pat Kenny, Joe Duffy, Dave Fanning and Brenda Donohue paying tribute to Ryan.

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Post  Guest on Mon 10 May - 21:58

Bono, Farrell pay respects at funeral of Gerry Ryan's 'stoical' mother


Friday December 29 2006

FOR Gerry Ryan and his brothers, Mike and Vincent, their mother Maureen's love was a blessing. And yesterday the RTE star paid a heartfelt tribute to her at her packed funeral. From the altar, he spoke lovingly of the "beautiful, deep, emotional, theatrical, spectacular and incandescent spirit" of his mother.
FOR Gerry Ryan and his brothers, Mike and Vincent, their mother Maureen's love was a blessing.

And yesterday the RTE star paid a heartfelt tribute to her at her packed funeral.

From the altar, he spoke lovingly of the "beautiful, deep, emotional, theatrical, spectacular and incandescent spirit" of his mother. He also talked about the "theatricality" of her life.

"It is good to see that Maureen has managed a full house," said the 2FM DJ. "The drama of the ceremony and drama of her leavetaking of this life was entirely in keeping with this woman. She was literally a drama from one end of the day to the other.

"The very fact she could not choose Wednesday in the middle of winter or Thursday in the middle of summer, but Christmas morning was full testimony of that."

Bono and Colin Farrell were among the mourners at the funeral in Clontarf on Dublin's northside. The U2 singer arrived with wife Ali, manager Paul McGuinness and friend Gavin Friday to pay his final respects.

He stood at the back of the packed St John the Baptist church on the seafront, not far behind Farrell.

The 'Miami Vice' star sat in a pew with his sister Claudine and public relations agent Joanne Byrne.

Their presence and that of many other well-known faces from the world of entertainment - including John McColgan, Marty Whelan, Ian Dempsey, Joe Duffy, Shay Healy and Eileen Dunne - was a fitting tribute to Maureen Ryan, who had showbusiness in her blood.

The mother-of-three was a member of the well-known theatrical family, the Bourkes, who ran a costumier business in Dublin. Her sister Grainne was married to Eamonn Andrews.

Gerry Ryan said his mother was not a pious woman but a deeply religious one. "Her theatricality was written through her," he said. "She probably believed at her death that the entire host of heavenly saints, Jesus and God and everybody else, was at the end of the bed."

He spoke of how she had "carved a position" for herself among her influential family during an era when women were "still in bondage to men". She gave advice on direction, as well as providing props and sometimes taking to the stage herself as her family travelled among small communities.

He remembered how "there was nothing like" a dinner party in the Ryan household when he was growing up. They were highly glamorous affairs, and perfumed women would come into his bedroom to say goodnight when he was a child. "They were extraordinary creatures in an Ireland that was essentially a dark, grey, place."

He said his mother was hugely supportive of those who were "cursed" with the "performance disease", including his eldest daughter Charlotte.

The RTE star also revealed how he had believed his mother would not live long after his father Vincent, who was the "love of her life", died in 2001 from prostate cancer.

"When we lost my father, I imagined she would fall to pieces and follow him soon after that. Nothing was further from the truth. She was privately tearful, but publicly strong, stoic and philosophical.

"It was an enormous comfort to be faced with a woman we thought would fall apart."

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Post  Guest on Mon 10 May - 22:01

http://2fm.rte.ie/previously_played/

Gerry Ryan's fuenral

Change date to 6th May to find the link

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An interview Gerry Ryan did with Audrey & Dave







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5:04pm UK, Sunday January 18, 2009
Children's art television programme presenter Tony Hart has died at the age of 83.


Tony Hart fronted art shows Take Hart and Hartbeat

Hart appeared on art shows for nearly 50 years before retiring in 2001 because of health problems.

The much-loved presenter was most famous for fronting children's programmes, including Take Hart and Hartbeat.

He was accompanied by Morph, a Plasticine character who lived in Hart's wooden pencil box and appeared in short animations.

Hart aspired to make the art he demonstrated in his programmes - pictures, paintings, collages and crafts - seem accessible and fun for viewers.

He more than achieved his aim as children around the country aspired to get their own attempts on his gallery wall and at one point he was receiving between 6,000 and 8,000 pieces of artwork a week.

Richard Deverell, BBC Children's Controller, said: "Tony was a warm man who had an unique ability to communicate with and inspire children.

"His dedication to making art look simple and his ability to help bring it to life through characters like Morph has influenced generations of children to be creative.

"He was an inspirational man and a terrific broadcaster."

Mr Hart's agent Roc Renals said he died in the early hours of this morning.

"He suffered two strokes many years ago and his health declined since then,"he said.

Fellow artist and television presenter Rolf Harris described him as "a very gentle and talented guy".

He said: "He brought huge creativity to his TV programmes Vision On and Take Hart, particularly using unexpected sources and materials."

Mr Hart served with the 1st Gurkha Rifles and was a supporter of The Gurkha Welfare Trust for many years.

Trust Director Colonel William Shuttlewood said he regularly donated pictures to the trust which were auctioned and raised "substantial" amounts for the charity.

He said: "I am sorry he has gone. He was a lovely chap and was very keen to make sure we were supported properly.

"Tony Hart was very quick to recognise his service with the Gurkhas and was an avid supporter of the Gurkha Welfare Trust."

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Post  Guest on Mon 10 May - 23:23



Kitt Was Self-Proclaimed 'Sex Kitten'

Thursday, December 25, 2008 – updated: 7:31 pm EST December 25, 2008
NEW YORK -- A family friend says Eartha Kitt, a sultry singer, dancer and actress who rose from South Carolina cotton fields to become an international symbol of elegance and sensuality, has died. She was 81.

Andrew Freedman says Kitt died Thursday of colon cancer and was recently treated at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York.

Kitt, a self-proclaimed "sex kitten" famous for her catlike purr, was one of America's most versatile performers, winning two Emmys and getting a third nomination.

She also was nominated for two Tony Awards and a Grammy.

http://www.wftv.com/entertainment/18358506/detail.html#-

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Actor Portrayed Mobster’s Gay Lover

Thursday, December 25, 2008 – updated: 4:09 pm EST December 25, 2008
NEW YORK -- The actor who portrayed the gay lover of a closeted mobster on "The Sopranos" has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in New York, police said.

Police spokesman Lt. John Grimpel said John Costelloe was found dead in an apparent suicide at his Brooklyn home on Dec. 18.

Officers were called to his residence after family members were unable to reach him.

The 47-year-old former New York City firefighter gained fame in 2006 when he was cast as short-order cook Jim "Johnny Cakes" Witowski opposite Joseph Gannascoli, who played gay mobster Vito Spatafore on the hit HBO show.

Costelloe was performing as a hustler in a theater production of "Gang of Seven" at the time of his death.

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Post  Guest on Mon 10 May - 23:25

Former EastEnders actress Wendy Richard has died at the age of 65, her agent has confirmed.

The star, who played Pauline Fowler in the BBC One soap opera for 21 years, had been suffering from cancer.

Her agent Kevin Francis said: "She was incredibly brave and retained her sense of humour right to the end."

Last October, Richard revealed she had an aggressive, terminal form of cancer. Soon after that she married her long-term partner John Burns.

Francis said the star passed away in the Harley Street Clinic in London with her husband by her side.

'True professional'

In an interview with the Sunday Express last year, Richard revealed she had already planned her funeral and written her will.

She discovered the disease had returned after her usual annual check-up, which revealed cancerous cells in her left armpit.

She told the paper: "Now I have a cancerous growth on my right kidney and the cancer has spread to my bones.

"It's more aggressive this time, unfortunately, and has spread to the top of my spine and left ribs."

Bill Treacher, who played Richard's on-screen husband Arthur Fowler in EastEnders, said the actress was a "true professional".

"We worked together for over 11 years and we never once had an argument," he said.

June Brown, who also co-starred in EastEnders as Dot Branning, said: "I loved working with her. We were good partners, we really enjoyed our scenes and that's why I missed her so much when she left."

"She was a very kind woman, particularly if anybody was ill. She would rush round finding doctors, and she was always giving you unexpected presents," she added.

Veteran actress Mollie Sugden who appeared in Are You Being Served? with Richard described her as "a daughter I never had and I shall never stop missing her".

Presenter Dale Winton had known Richard for years.

"I'm very saddened to hear the news, she was a real fighter and actually a very kind and funny lady in her own right," he said.

"My thoughts are with her family, she will be missed."

In 2000, Richard was awarded the MBE for services to television and in 2007 she was given a British Soap Award for Lifetime Achievement for her role in EastEnders.

As well as her 21 years on Albert Square, Richard starred in sitcoms Are You Being Served?, Dad's Army and Grace and Favour.

She joined EastEnders when the programme began in 1985 and remained in it until 2006, when her character died.

The reason she gave for her departure was because she objected to a storyline that saw her character remarry.

"I left because I wasn't happy," she revealed in 2008. "Also, I couldn't believe in what they wanted me to do and unless I can find some truth in what I am doing, I cannot play it.

"Pauline remarrying was wrong. Some women never remarry. My mother never remarried after Daddy died. I always had it in my heart that Arthur was Pauline's husband and that was that."

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THE CAREER OF WENDY RICHARD

1965 Aged 22, joins the cast of soap The Newcomers
1970-73 Stars in four episodes of Dad's Army as Private Walker's girlfriend, Shirley
1972 Plays Miss Willing in Carry On Matron
1972-85 Stars as Miss Brahms in the series Are You Being Served? (pictured)
1985-2006 Appears in more than 1,400 episodes of EastEnders as Pauline Fowler
2008 Films her last TV role as Mrs Crump in Marple: A Pocket Full Of Rye

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Jade goody

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Breaking News

8:53am UK, Sunday March 22, 2009
Big Brother star Jade Goody has died in her sleep after losing her battle with cancer.

The star died in her sleep at 3.55am, her publicist Max Clifford said.

Her mother Jackiey Budden told Mr Clifford: "My beautiful girl is gone."

She later stood outside her home and asked for privacy as friends and family grieved the news.

The 27-year-old's body was taken from the home at shortly after 8am.

Ms Budden said: "Family and friends would like this privacy, at last, for this morning."

The distraught mother was wearing pyjamas with a coat over the top when she left the house.

Jade's friend Kevin Adams, who was dressed all in black, was visbily upset and declined to comment to reporters outside the home.

Later, two police officers arrived at the house.

Mr Clifford fought back tears as he broke the news this morning.

He said Jade's mother Jackiey and husband Jack Tweed were at her side.

Mr Adams was also there.

Mourners began laying flowers near to Ms Budden's home this morning.

"I think she's going to be remembered as a young girl who has, and who will, save an awful lot of lives," Mr Clifford said.

He was referring to how her public battle with cancer has raised awareness of the disease.

"She was a very, very brave girl," he told Sky News.

"And she faced her death in the way she faced her whole life - full on, with a lot of courage."

He said it was "ironic" that the 27-year-old - who had two young sons Bobby, five, and Freddie, four - had died on Mother's Day.

Mr Clifford said he hoped Jade's family would be left in peace to grieve.

Jade's final weeks were characterised, just as her life had been, by the intense glare of the media spotlight.

Jade was propelled to stardom in 2002 as a contestant on Big Brother 3.


RIP Jade.

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Post  Guest on Mon 10 May - 23:46

Hollywood movie legend Paul Newman has died at the age of 83 after a long battle with cancer.



What a shame a sad way to go but he did have a good long life RIP Paul

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Letters to Gerry from loved ones 'found in skip'

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Tuesday June 01 2010

PERSONAL correspondence belonging to Gerry Ryan was found in a skip, it was claimed today.

Cards written by his children to the RTE star, as well as correspondence from his new partner were found dumped, it was reported.

The personal effects were published by a tabloid newspaper today after it claimed that it had been handed the momentos by a "member of the public".

Gerry's partner Melanie Verwoerd was too upset to comment about the findings when contacted by the Herald today.

Among the items was a birthday card from Ms Verwoerd for his 53rd birthday. She wrote in the card: "I wish for you time for yourself and time to be nurtured."

Also among the effects was a handmade Father's Day card from his children.

The revelation made in today's Irish Daily Mirror come the day after Gerry's Month's Mind, which was attended by his heartbroken children and Ms Verwoerd.

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Melanie Verwoerd also wrote in the extremely personal letter about her hopes for Gerry for the remainder of 2010.

RTE will air a documentary chronicling the life and career of Gerry Ryan before the end of the year, the Herald can reveal.

Meanwhile, the State broadcaster confirmed that a feature-length tribute to the late broadcaster was in the works, but remained coy about the progress of the show.

A spokesperson said they could not comment on the "constituents" of a documentary during its production phase and explained that they would not be in a position to provide more details until closer to the time it aired.

Its website says: "RTE Television are currently planning a documentary to commemorate the huge contribution made by Gerry Ryan to Irish broadcasting in particular and to the Irish viewing public in general.

"The documentary will feature colleagues, commentators and friends in an assessment and exploration of Gerry's inimitable broadcasting style, skill and prowess."

The spokesperson added that there were no plans to air the programme until after the summer months at least, but it is expected to hit our screens before the end of the year.

"We currently have two memorial programmes in preparation, one for TV and another documentary for 2FM," the spokesperson said.

"Both will be broadcast later in the year but no dates have yet been decided."

The hugely popular star died suddenly on April 30 at the age of 53 and hundreds of thousands of fans have expressed their grief. In the run-up to the release of two documentaries, the network has since aired a Ryan Confidential episode featuring his colleague and close pal Ryan Tubridy, as well as posting a permanent online tribute section for the late star.

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Yesterday, the star's grief-stricken family congregated at St John the Baptist Church in Clontarf to mark a month since his tragic death.

Unlike his funeral Mass, which was streamed live online and aired on radio, his memorial was kept a strictly private family occasion. Dressed in black, the broadcaster's estranged wife Morah (50) was embraced by her late husband's brother, Mike.

Also in attendance at the Mass were Gerry's five children, Lottie (24), Rex (20), Bonnie (17), Elliot (14) and 10-year-old Babette.

It is understood the Month's Mind was for immediate family and close friends only at the family's request.

Gerry's partner for the past 18 months of his life, Melanie, did not attend.

The Unicef boss is said to have visited the grave of the man she described as her "love" at Dardistown Cemetery over the weekend.

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