"I'm glad I've helped to inspire people
and I hope I can carry on doing that.."
The 10th of October 2019 marked 10 years since Stephen's passing, and tributes for Stephen flooded the internet that day as fans and friends alike remembered him. Love poured from all around the world as memories, photos and videos were shared. Here are just a few.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.
- Thomas Campbell
Keith, Shane, Mikey and Ronan made a special appearance on Loose Women and wrote on social media to mark the anniversary.
10 years bro and it feels like yesterday when ya texted me to say “safe flight pal see ya soon” and that was it. I have missed you every day, your laugh and your wicked sense of humour resonates always. I will continue to miss you and all you were. What you did for so many should never be forgotten. All those people struggling with their sexuality and afraid to come out which you paved the way for. You were a pioneer but that didn’t come without its challenges and you overcame it all to shine and be the human you always wanted to be. I love you my brother and thank you for all you taught me. Tonight I raise a glass for you Bro and listen to all the music you loved because music is the language we can still speak to each other with. God bless you. Rest well my friend. X
Photo by Ray Burmiston
Never forgotten 💙
Chance made us Colleagues Love and laughter and fun made us best friends ! I miss you brother 10 years ago today the good lord deemed you to good for this world, He needed an angel in heaven ! Today I celebrate and reminisce all the fun and laughter ups and downs
I love you Steo and I pray you continue to look over me ❤️see you down the road Stephanie Xxxx
All my love Kitty xxx
Fans took to social media to remember Stephen and celebrate his life and many shared memories and photos from their time meeting him or just recalling the ways he touched their life. Amongst the tweets and the posts were some very special tributes created by fans like beautiful edits, drawings and even a special cover of a song originally sung by Stephen which you can all find here.
EDITS BY ANDREW CANADINE - Instagram
Mikaela Moody, a long time fan of Stephen decided to record a cover of 'Waiting For You', the b-side to 'I Love The Way You Love Me' as a tribute to Stephen and his incredible voice which she first heard while she was in the hospital back in 1998. Mikaela, with the help of a friend, recorded the song with the aim of asking people to donate to a LGBTQ+ charity of their choice. You can listen to her cover here and/or check out her page to learn more about her.
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