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Danielle “Dani” Hampson has been remembered as a “loving, successful, intelligent” woman after tragically dying on her wedding day.
The late PR executive, who was set to say “I do” to ”X Factor” alum Tom Mann on June 18, has been eulogized by family and friends on social media in the days since her passing.
“She was the beating heart of our family, the loving, successful, intelligent daughter who always put everybody before herself,” her father, Martin Hampson, wrote on Instagram, noting she “was loved by everyone.”
He continued, “People say the hurt will ease in time, but as it stands we are broken. Danielle, we will love you forever.”
Dani’s sister-in-law, Helena Smith, revealed her birthday fell on what should have been her brother’s wedding date. She promised to be there for the couple’s 8-month-old son, Bowie.
“The 18th was my birthday, and even though it should have been all about [Dani], she still made plans around her own wedding weekend to celebrate me too,” Smith shared.
“I can never thank her enough for her selflessness and always, always putting other people first, even when she didn’t have to. This day will forever now be a celebration of you.”
Smith continued on, saying she “looked up” to Dani – who was 34 when she died – since the moment they first met.
“The big sister I never had and never knew I needed, a best friend,” she wrote. “You taught me so much and I promise to use what I’ve learnt from you throughout the rest of my life, and to be there for Bowie always, I’m so happy I get to be his Auntie.”
Dani’s brother, Andrew Hampson, also shared a tribute to his “best friend.”
“The outpouring of love we have already witnessed is a testament to the wonderful person you were,” he wrote on Instagram. “I wish we could have just one last hug, drink, laugh together and I could have the opportunity to tell you, you were everything to me.”
He added, “For as long as I can remember Danielle has been my best friend.”
Mann, who appeared on UK’s “X Factor” in 2014, first revealed the tragic news about Dani via Instagram Monday.
“My darling Dani – my best friend, my everything and more, the love of my life – passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, 18th June,” he wrote. “On what was supposed to be the happiest day of our lives ended in irreversible heartbreak. I feel like I have cried an ocean.
“We never made it to the altar; or got to say our vows, or dance our first dance, but I know you know that you were my entire world and the best thing that has ever happened to me, Danielle,” he continued.
Mann, who was part of the boy band Stereo Kicks during his time on the reality competition show, said their son would provide him with the “strength” to cope.
“I honestly don’t know where to go from here, but I do know I need to use any strength I can muster for our little boy,” he explained. “I will not be a mark on the parent that you had already become but I promise I will do my everything to raise Bowie just the way we always wanted.”
Dani’s cause of death has yet to be revealed.
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