In previous weeks his sudden death a few hours before his weddingDanielle Hampson shared a series of touching family tributes – including a statement that she couldn’t wait to marry her fiancé.
Hampson and British X Factor Tom Mann stars together for four years, and share an eight-month-old son, Bowie.
They were finally set to tie the knot on Saturday after having to postpone their original date twice due to COVID-19but on the morning of their ceremony, Hampson found dead. The cause of his death is currently unknown.
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In his final months, Hampson shared a series of posts showing his love for his young family of three – in May, a couple and their young son traveled to Sardinia in Italy, and Hampson shared a photo of himself cradling Bowie with Mann.
One month earlier, he had shared a video of Mann – who competed in the British X Factor in 2014 as part of the band Stereo Kicks – playing acoustic guitar and singing Dua Lipa and Elton John‘Cold Heart’ to his son in honor of six month old Bowie. Watch above.
“Happy 6 months my dear son ️” Hampson wrote alongside the adorable video, in which Bowie is seen sitting next to his father, being held by his mother, and reaching towards him.
“I played this song almost every day in my 3rd trimester, it was on my labor playlist & it was number 1 the day Bowie was born… determined to be ‘our song’ & for it always reminds us of the parts- the good part of life”
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On one of their original wedding days – September 25, 2020 – Hampson wrote a lavish tribute to Mann in which he said he couldn’t wait to marry him.
“It’s strange to think about what should have happened today, but we consider ourselves very lucky that the wedding date was the only one we missed,” Hampson wrote. Instagram next to a photo of a couple hugging and wearing face masks.
“Everyone has a story from 2020 – I’m grateful that you feature so much in my story….. I can’t wait to marry you, but the world has other plans. So for now let’s celebrate our little story on a special date ❤️”
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In the early hours of yesterday morning, Mann delivers devastating news that his fiancé and the mother of his child have died suddenly on the morning of their wedding – and vowed to raise their son as a single father in a way that would make him proud.
“I can’t believe I wrote these words,” Mann’s post, in which she also said she would continue to wear her engagement ring as a symbol of “unconditional love” for Hampson, began.
“On what should have been the happiest day of our lives ended with irreversible heartbreak,” he wrote.
“I feel like I’ve cried in the ocean. We never made it to the altar; or had to say our vows, or dance our first dance, but I know you know that you are my whole world and the best thing that ever happened to me, Danielle.”
Tributes to Hampson and messages of support for Mann and family quickly flooded in with fans, friends and loved ones.
Nadine Coyle, vocalist for Girls Aloud, wrote, “Sending so much love, light & healing to you, Bowie & everyone who loves Dani!!”
Singer Mimi Webb also wrote, “Tom I’m so sorry. Sending all my love to you & thinking of you. Love you brother x we are with you.”
While singer Lewis Capaldi commented, “Love you brother.”
Simon Cowell also shared a statement paying tribute to Hampson, Mann and family, writing, “As a father, I can’t imagine the heartbreak Tom and his family are going through and will be reaching out to him personally.”
He added, per TMZ: “From my family to him, we send our deepest condolences and all our love during this tragic time.”
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