PR manager and Coronation Street superfan Martyn Hett has been named as the tenth person to have died in the Manchester terror attack on Monday.
Hett, 29 from Stockport was at the Ariana Grande show at the Manchester Arena with his friend Stuart Aspinall, but the pair became separated at the climax of the concert.
The TV regular – who had appeared on both Tattoo Fixers and Come Dine with Me – was due to fly to America today for a two-month holiday of a lifetime.
Speaking about Hett’s death, his “soulmate” Russell Hayward said: “We got the news last night that our wonderful iconic and beautiful Martyn didn’t survive. He left this 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 family and amazing friends to keep each other strong. I love you, I always will. x”
A lifelong Corrie aficionado, Hett hit the headlines when he opted to have a Deirdre Barlow tattoo inked onto his leg. He also brought joy to YouTube users with his mash-up of clips featuring the character Audrey Roberts making her very distinctive questioning noise:
You can also see Hett paying respects to Anne Kirkbride here as he cooks Deirdre’s trademark dish of stuffed marrow:
Taking to Twitter today, Coronation Street writer Jonathan Harvey paid tribute, saying that Hett was delightful company:
Speaking about the viral video featuring Corrie icon Audrey, Hett said to Metro back in 2015: “It probably is and always will be my proudest achievement that I know Sue Nicholls loves it and now purposely places the Audrey noise into scenes for a laugh.
“She once called me up to tell me how much she loved it but I missed the call because I was at work. I’m still devastated about it to this day!”
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