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Tributes pour in for LGBT journalist Dean Eastmond

Tributes have poured in for “inspirational” LGBT journalist Dean Eastmond following his death from cancer aged 21.

The editor of HISKIND documented his battle with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone and soft tissue cancer, openly and frankly in articles, interviews and on social media.

Following his diagnosis, he wrote in a HISKIND article: “I was diagnosed with soft tissue cancer in my rib (Ewing’s Sarcoma) after getting myself an Uber to the closest A&E thinking I had a broken rib after a large lump the size of a grapefruit appeared on the right hand side of my chest.

“Fickle and naive, being told there and then that this wasn’t a broken rib, but a cyst or a tumour saw a terrified Dean breaking down in the A&E waiting area, unable to decide whether to call his boyfriend or mother first.

“After a needle biopsy, I was diagnosed,” he added.

The much-loved British writer was overwhelmed with support in his last few months, with Nicole Scherzinger sending him a special video message.

Following his death, numerous fellow journalists and fans took to social media to pay tribute.

Author and Labour activist Owen Jones wrote: “RIP Dean Eastmond, an amazing, courageous, inspirational queer young journalist who has died of cancer. He moved so, so many people.”

He added: “He was so incredible, he moved so many people, he achieved so much, and he’ll be remembered forever.”

Radio host Philip Ellis said: “@deanvictorr achieved more in just a handful of years than most of us do in a lifetime and I will forever be in awe of him.”

The Royal Vauxhall Tavern, one of London’s most iconic LGBT venues, tweeted: “Saddened to hear that Dean Eastmond has passed away – he was an inspiring and brave person. We send our condolences to his friends & family.”

BBC journalist Ben Hunte added: “Devastated to hear @deanvictorr has passed away. I know that his AMAZING work will live on, but he will be so missed.”

Guardian journalist Chris Godfrey wrote: “You were an absolute hero @deanvictorr and an inspiring figure to so many. Grateful to have had the pleasure of knowing you.”

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