Ed Sheeran pays tribute to Kildare teenager who died by suicide

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Ed Sheeran pays tribute to Kildare teenager who died by suicide
Ed Sheeran pays tribute to Kildare teenager who died by suicide

Ed Sheeran has paid tribute to a young Irish fan who took his own life three years ago.

The Shape Of You hitmaker, who played his third gig in Phoenix Park last night, sent his thoughts to the family and friends of Ben Moran.

The 18-year-old, from Newbridge in Co Kildare, died by suicide in August 2015 and the words of his idol’s hit Photograph are engraved on his headstone.

The 27-year-old took to Facebook ahead of his second Dublin gig and said he was “very sad” to learn of Ben’s death.

He added: “Very sad to hear the story of Ben Moran, sending my thoughts to his friends and family, many of whom I know are attending the Dublin shows this week.

“If you’ve been affected by suicide, Pieta house are here to help, http://Pieta. ie.

“Please look after yourselves x.”

Ben’s gravestone
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Ben’s best friends and neighbours, twins Mark and Chloe, and their mum Charlotte Wolfe launched an online campaign in a bid to get the singer to pay tribute to him.

Charlotte added: “As most of you know, a lot of our hearts were broken in two when we tragically lost Ben to suicide when he was aged just 18.

“He was a big Ed Sheeran fan and the song Photograph was his favourite song.

“His mam had the words, ‘You won’t ever be alone, wait for me to come home’ put up on his headstone.

“I brought Ben to his first Ed Sheeran concert on January 2, 2013.

“We were all gripped from that day and have been travelling to his concerts ever since.”

Ben Moran with Chloe Wolfe

Meanwhile, footage shot during this year’s Darkness Into Light walk for Pieta House will be aired on TV3 on Wednesday.

Several participants share their stories of heartbreak and hope in a bid to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Dublin musician Constance Keane, who features in the documentary, told the Irish Sunday Mirror: “Taking away the mystery and taboo around the subject is very important.

“Last year I went through an emotional trauma where I felt like dying was the only thing to do. I became acutely suicidal very quickly. I would just look in the mirror and cry.

“This is something that could happen to anyone. The more people understand it maybe they will be better equipped to listen.”

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Source: Celebrity News Ireland