Mariah Carey paid tribute to Martyn Hett on Friday at his funeral service in Stockport. A longtime fan, Hett was among 22 people killed when a suicide bomber detonated explosives at the end of an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22.
The center of the party, Hett had many friends in real life and online, as his wit and humor earned him thousands of followers across many social media platforms. He also was a contributor at gay magazines including Attitude and QX. He offered his witty observations on pop culture in posts like “You can all shut up. Mel B is amazing – and here’s why” and “‘The X Factor’: When did it become so annoying?”
Hett was a huge of fan of Mariah Carey’s. Carey recorded a special video that played during Hett’s funeral service at Stockport Town Hall on Friday afternoon. The video was screened live for those who could not fit inside the venue after the Hett’s family said the service was open to anybody who wanted to “celebrate Martyn’s life”.
The dress code read: “Black with something fabulous.”
Mariah Carey with a special tribute via video at the memorial service for Martyn Hett in Stockport pic.twitter.com/1juma84qZ9
— Tom Dunn (@tomdunn26) June 30, 2017
Mariah Carey said:
“I am talking to your spirit and I just wanted to say that I love you and I’m so happy that we got a chance to meet. I know that you’re shining down on us from heaven and I’m happy that all you family and friends could gather together in honor of you. That I play this song and I played small role in your life is a huge honor to me. I just want to send love to everyone who is there to honor you.”
After Carey’s message, a video montage of Hett’s life played to her song “#Beautiful.” Included during the montage was the tribute Wendy Williams gave to Hett during her show a few days after the tragedy,.
Williams concluded her touching tribute by saying: “Martin, in honor of you we’re keeping that chair open. And our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.”
The memorial also featured the music of Ariana Grande, as well as tributes to the other 21 victims of the Manchester attack.
After the funeral services, Hett’s mother tweeted:
Thanks to everyone who stood by us through our nightmare. We will send Martyn on his eternal journey today. Total Diva exit. RIP son ?
— Figen Murray (@FigenMurray) June 30, 2017