Entertainment Michael Ball pays tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore
'Inspiration for whole nation': Tributes pour in for 'great British hero' Captain Sir Tom Moore
The Queen and Boris Johnson have led tributes to Captain Sir Tom Moore, who has died aged 100 after testing positive for COVID-19. © PA Captain Sir Tom was being treated in Bedford Hospital The centenarian, who captured the hearts of the nation during the first lockdown, was being treated in Bedford Hospital for help with his breathing after he developed pneumonia in recent weeks.
Michael Ball has urged viewers to get the COVID-19 vaccine as he paid tribute to Captain Sir Tom Moore on Tuesday.
The singer, 58, who performed alongside the army veteran on a charity cover of You'll Never Walk Alone, said Brits should 'do their duty' by getting vaccinated after revealing he 'was content and didn't suffer' in the hours leading to his death.
It comes as a slew of stars paid tribute to Captain Tom after his death from coronavirus was announced earlier in the day at the age of 100.
Speaking on The One Show, Michael reflected on meeting Tom and his family last year after they performed together on a single to raise money for NHS charities, saying getting knighted by the Queen was 'the proudest moment of his life.'
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He told Alex Jones: 'The most important thing I think I found out about Tom was his sense of duty.
'He wanted to have the vaccine. Because he was ill before, he was unable to have the vaccine. But I know he wanted people to do that, and he felt it was their duty to do this, to have the vaccine.'
Michael then urged viewers to go and get the Covid vaccine when it's offered to them, saying: 'If you're thinking about it, don't. Just have the vaccine. It's kind of your duty. That's what Captain Tom felt, that's what I feel. That's what most of us feel is the right thing to do.'
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The West End star added that he spoke to Tom's family following his death, saying: 'Obviously, they're so sad and coming to terms with it. She described the last few days with him in the hospital, he was so proud and so content. He didn't suffer.'
Earlier in the evening Michael also tweeted: 'Rest in peace @captaintommoore.
'A wonderful life so well lived and a hero and fighter to the very end. So very very sad. Love and prayers for @Hannah_I_M and all the family.'
Tributes to Captain Tom have poured in ever since his death was announced by his family after being admitted to hospital with coronavirus on Sunday.
A ray of light shining through the tragedies of the pandemic, he raised more than £32 million for the NHS by walking 100 laps of his garden before his milestone birthday last April.
Tom Moore, a 100-year-old veteran who raised millions for healthcare workers in the UK, dies after testing positive for COVID-19
Captain Sir Tom Moore, a 100-year-old veteran who raised millions for UK healthcare workers, has died. Moore was being treated for pneumonia and tested positive for COVID-19 in the days before his death. He was hospitalized on Sunday because he was having trouble breathing. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Captain Sir Tom Moore, a 100-year-old veteran who raised millions of dollars for healthcare workers in the UK by walking laps in his garden, has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19,his foundation announced on Tuesday.
His unrelenting optimism and belief that 'tomorrow will be a good day' endeared him to fans around the world and news of his death prompted a flood of tributes.
His daughters Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira hailed the last year of his life as 'nothing short of remarkable', and said: 'He was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of.'
Captain Tom's daughters had announced the sad news that their father had passed away just after 4pm.
They said: 'It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore.
'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.
'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.
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'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. Thank you.'
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April 2020 The army veteran begins fundraising in the hope of raising £1,000 for the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic. He wants to walk 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday on April 30.
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The World War II veteran died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 100. His family announced Moore's death Tuesday in a tweet with his photo.Captain Tom, as he became known in newspaper headlines and TV interviews, set out to raise 1,000 pounds for Britain's National Health Service by walking 100 laps of his backyard. But his quest went viral and caught the imagination of millions stuck at home during the first wave of the pandemic. Donations poured in from across Britain and as far away as the United States and Japan, raising some 33 million pounds ($40 million).pic.twitter.
April 14 More than £2million is donated.
April 15 The total rises to £7million as more than 340,000 people show their support.
April 16 He completes his 100 laps - meaning he walked an average of six laps a day - and reveals he's going to keep going to raise as much as possible. Both the Prime Minister and the Royal Family congratulate him.
April 24 Sir Captain Tom is the oldest person ever to reach Number One in the Top 40 Charts with his cover of You'll Never Walk Alone. He performs it alongside singer Michael Ball and The NHS Voices of Care Choir.
April 30 The fundraising page hits £32million on his 100th birthday. He is made an honorary colonel and enjoys a military flypast.
July 17 The Queen awards him a knighthood in a special engagement.
September He writes bestselling autobiography Tomorrow Will Be A Good Day and signs a deal to film a biopic of his life.
October 5 - Captain Tom starts a podcast to tackle isolation among Britain's elderly.
December He ticks a holiday to Barbados off his bucket list.
January 31, 2021 He is admitted to hospital amid an intense battle with pneumonia, his family reveal.
February 2, 2021 Sir Captain Tom's death is announced days after he tests positive for coronavirus.
Mandy Moore covers up baby bump with black winter coat to shop in LA .
The actress and singer, 36, went bare-legged in a patterned frock and a pair of black leather ankle boots with strappy buckles. She wore her hair in a bun and added a black headband.Moore donned sunglasses and a disposable face mask. © Provided by Daily Mail Retail expedition: The This Is Us star, 36, who's having a baby boy, went bare-legged in a patterned frock and a pair of black leather ankle boots with strappy buckles © Provided by Daily Mail Covered up: Moore wore her hair in a bun and added a black headband.