Devastated Piers Morgan pays tribute to ‘national hero’ Captain Tom after death
Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan has led the tributes to Captain Tom Moore, branding him as a "national hero" in the wake of his death.
Having raised millions for the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic, Sir Tom sadly contracted the virus earlier this year and was hospitalized at the end of January.
On Tuesday, February 2, his daughters confirmed his death, revealing his family had used video calls to stay by his side in his final hours.
Piers, who hosted a Life Stories session with the remarkable war veteran last year, was one of the first to honour Sir Tom's legacy on Tuesday afternoon.
Taking to Twitter, he shared an image of Captain Tom carrying out his fundraising campaign for the NHS, remarking on his "courage" in the face of the pandemic.
Paying his respects, Piers wrote: "RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100. A magnificent man. A national hero.
"In our darkest hour since WW2, he rallied Britain with his resilience, courage and optimism. Let us all heed his mantra in our own lives: ‘Tomorrow will be a good day.’ Thank you, Tom."
Sir Tom's daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira confirmed his death in a statement shared on Tuesday afternoon, breaking the news "with great sadness".
Their statement read: "We are so grateful that we were with him during the last hours of his life; Hannah, Benjie and Georgia by his bedside and Lucy on FaceTime.
"We spent hours chatting to him, reminiscing about our childhood and our wonderful mother. We shared laughter and tears together."
Hannah and Lucy also reminisced over their father's 100th year, which saw him invested as a Knight Bachelor at Windsor Castle.
"The last year of our father’s life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he’d only ever dreamed of.
"Whilst he’d been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever.
"The care our father received from the NHS and carers over the last few weeks and years of his life has been extraordinary. They have been unfalteringly professional, kind and compassionate and have given us many more years with him than we ever would have imagined.
"Over the past few days our father spoke a great deal about the last 12 months and how proud he felt at being able to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation.
"We politely ask for privacy at this time so we can grieve quietly as a family and remember the wonderful 100 years our father had."
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