Amy Dowden and Stacey Solomon have led the tributes to influencer Nicky Newman after her death from breast cancer.
The Strictly Come Dancing star, 33, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer, and Loose Women host Stacey, 33, both shared heartfelt messages of condolence on Nicky’s Instagram.
A statement written by Nicky was shared on Monday evening and began: ‘If you’re reading this it means I have died, I made it 5 & half years though, not bad for a stage 4 breastie.’
Amy, who is absent from the new series of Strictly while she undergoes treatment, praised Nicky for the awareness she raised.
She wrote: ‘The most beautiful ray of sunshine who has done so much and created a community and legacy that will live on.
Heartfelt: Amy Dowden has led tributes to influencer Nicky Newman following her death from breast cancer
Tribute: Stacey Solomon said she was ‘grateful to have known’ Nicky and promised she would take her advice to live life to the fullest
A message on Nicky’s Instagram read: If you’re reading this it means I have died, I made it 5 & half years though, not bad for a stage 4 breastie’
‘I hope you know all the help and awareness you have done and will always continue to do so. I remember when I found out I needed a port your page I turned too!
‘I will forever hold onto your lovely voice notes and will always think of you when I say Welsh Love. Thank you for being utterly incredible and a TRUE INSPIRATION.
‘I promise to grab life and deeply miss your radiance and positivity X love to Mr G, your family, friends and huge community you created online.’
Stacey said she was ‘grateful to have known’ Nicky and promised she would take her advice to live life to the fullest.
She wrote: ‘Never has a star shone brighter. Absolutely heartbroken & devastated. Nicky thank you for everything…I’m so grateful to have known you. I promise to go grab life & make the most of every single second of every day.’
Several other stars shared their condolensces including fellow influencer Sophie Hinchcliffe, better known as Mrs. Hinch.
She wrote: ‘I can’t believe the post I’ve just read. Like many others I have followed the incredible beautiful Nicky for a long time. She has inspired millions to see the positive in every single day, to see the sunshine through every storm.
‘Nicky you’ll be forever loved and forever remembered. Sending all my love to your incredible husband, family and friends.’
Message: Amy, who is absent from the new series of Striclty while she undergoes treatment, praised Nicky for the awareness she raised
Reaction: Several other stars including Julia Bradbury, Vicky Pattison and Giovanna Fletcher also sent their condolensces
Giovanna Fletcher wrote: ‘You have inspired so many to go and grab life, just as you did whenever possible. Sending so much love to your loved ones.’
Vicky Pattison penned: ‘♥️ I’m lost for words. Beautiful words angel. Fly high,’ while Julia Bradbury added: ‘This is so so sad. Love to your family and friends.’
Jacqueline Jossa wrote: ‘Rest in peace’ with several heart emojis while former EastEnders star Melissa Suffield called Nicky ‘a truly fierce queen’.
Nicky, from Guildford, had documented her fight with stage four breast cancer on social media.
Her statement shared on Monday read in full: ‘If you’re reading this it means I have died, I made it 5 & half years though, not bad for a stage 4 breastie ey.
‘And none of this ‘she fought her battle nonsense’, I didn’t lose anything, the cancer eventually took over & that’s okay, we all knew this would happen.
‘I don’t think we are ever prepared to hear the words, we think we are indestructible & a magic cure will appear, but the truth is we all live this life day to day (we just knew our days are shorter).
‘So please promise me to cherish those around you and give your friends and loved ones the biggest squeezes! GO GRAB LIFE! You never truly know what is coming around the corner – so don’t take anything for granted.
Health: Amy is absent from the current series of Strictly Come Dancing as she undergoes treatment for cancer
Candid: Nicky, from Guildford, had documented her fight with stage four breast cancer on social media
Nicky wrote: ‘Please promise me to cherish those around you and give your friends and loved ones the biggest squeezes! GO GRAB LIFE!’
‘You have all become a part of my legacy, my ‘Instagramily’ in MR.G’s words and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here every step of the way.
‘There is more to come (with some amazing things in the works) that will aim to continue that legacy, so stick around and keep being the amazing bootiful hoomans you all already are!
‘I’m a believer in energies and if people hold on to the positive energy we have created from this and other pages like it, then I will always be with you.
‘Mr.G has some words to follow as we both wanted to do this part together x
‘Love you all my bootiful hoomans.’
Mr.G refers to Nicky’s husband Alex who shared his own statement which read: ‘My bean was more than a partner or loved one to me, she truly was my lobster.
‘We have known each other since we were 14 and throughout all the years (even when we had time apart) we were always inextricably drawn to each other.
‘A truly rare joining of souls that were simply meant to be one.’