After the family of Dame Vera Lynn confirmed her death in a statement today, Captain Tom Moore, 100, spoke out about how the We’ll Meet Again singer had a “huge impact” on his life. The Forces’ sweetheart passed away surrounded by her close family.
Taking to Twitter, Captain Tom shared with his 312,000 followers: “A real shame, I really thought Vera Lynn would live longer she’s been speaking so well on TV recently.
“She had a huge impact on me in Burma and remained important to me throughout my life.
“My thoughts are with Dame Vera Lynn’s family at this sad time.”
It comes after the family of the star wrote: “The family are deeply saddened to announce the passing of one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers at the age of 103.
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“Dame Vera Lynn, who lived in Ditchling, East Sussex, passed away earlier today, 18 June 2020, surrounded by her close family.”
This morning, stars have waded in to share tributes to the late performer on social media, including Good Morning Britain star Piers Morgan, 55, who tweeted: “Oh no…. what terribly sad news.
“Dame Vera Lynn has died, aged 103. A magnificent woman who rallied our country when we most needed it,” he added.
“The Forces sweetheart. The Nation’s sweetheart. RIP.”
“What an impact she had on so many generations… and what a life.”
Elsewhere, TV star Russell Grant, 69, also looked back on the time he met the performer: “Desperately sad and upset that #dameveralynn has passed over.
“The words legend and icon are bandied around about anyone and everyone but Dame Vera was truly both. I met her just once in my showbiz days – I was in awe. She was loved and will be loved from here to eternity.”
Dame Vera, who performed for troops across the globe including Burma and Egypt, released a new video for her song, We’ll Meet Again, in March, to celebrate her 103rd birthday.
The video featured a voiceover from her, speaking to the nation with words of reassurance, amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The star announced: “We are facing a very challenging time at the moment, and I know many people are worried about the future.
“I’m greatly encouraged that despite these struggles, we have seen people joining together,” she explained.
“Music is so good for the soul, and during these hard times we must all help each other to find moments of joy.”