Celebrities have paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore after his death aged 100 amid a battle with Covid-19 and pneumonia.
His family announced his death on social media, sharing a picture of Sir Tom and the message ‘1920 – 2021’.
In a statement, his daughters Hanna Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira said: ‘Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.’
Sir Tom, who served in WW2, rose to prominence because of his positive attitude and determination to complete a challenge of walking 100 laps around his garden before he turned 100 last April.
He initially set out to raise just £1,000 to support the health service but his mission went international and praise and donations poured in, taking his final total to £32.7 million.
Sir Tom had been admitted to hospital on January 31 after being treated for pneumonia over the last few weeks.
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan said: ‘RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100. A magnificent man. A national hero.
‘In our darkest hour since WW2, he rallied Britain with his resilience, courage and optimism.
‘Let us all heed his mantra in our own lives: “Tomorrow will be a good day.” Thank you, Tom.’
The Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown said on Twitter: ‘Thank you for everything. You will forever be our hero.’
Journalist Kate Silverton tweeted: ‘Covid-19: Captain Sir Tom Moore dies with coronavirus – oh rest well Sir Tom…. we salute you …thoughts and love to your family – what wonderful memories to celebrate a life truly lived & to the end.’
Harry Potter actor Oliver Phelps said: ‘RIP Sir Captain Tom Moore. A true best of British.’
Singer Yungblud shared his own tribute, posting on Twitter: ‘A true walking example of extraordinary selflessness dedicating his whole life to help others. an incredible human. rest in peace captain tom. “tomorrow will be a good day.”
TV presenter Steph McGovern said: ‘Rest in peace Captain Tom’ while Loose Women star Denise Welch said: ‘Capt Tom. What a legend. What a legacy.’
Singer Michael Ball, who recorded a charity single with Sir Tom that reached number one, wrote on Twitter: ‘Rest in peace @captaintommoore. A wonderful life so well lived and a hero and fighter to the very end.
‘So very very sad. Love and prayers for @Hannah Connolly_I_M and all the family.’
Sir Tom was knighted by the Queen during a unique open-air ceremony at Windsor Castle in summer 2020 in acknowledgement of his efforts.
The millions of pounds raised by Sir Tom funded a range of projects providing practical and emotional help to NHS staff and volunteers.
NHS Charities Together said health service charities have used some of the money to assist those experiencing bereavement due to Covid-19.