Famous figures from across the world pay tribute to Charlie Gard

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Tributes have poured in from around the world for baby Charlie Gard, who has died just days before his first birthday.

The 11-month-old, who had a rare genetic disorder and brain damage, was taken to a hospice to spend his final moments on Friday.

He has been at the centre of a four-month legal battle that attracted international attention over his parents’ wish to take him to the US for treatment.

Connie Yates, Charlie’s mother, was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “Our beautiful little boy has gone, we are so proud of you Charlie.”

Prime Minister Theresa May said in a statement: “I am deeply saddened by the death of Charlie Gard. My thoughts and prayers are with Charlie’s parents Chris and Connie at this difficult time.”

Meanwhile thousands of people have taken to social media to pay tribute.

They include Pope Francis, who tweeted: “I entrust little Charlie to the Father and pray for his parents and all those who loved him.”

US Vice President Mike Pence said he was “saddened” to hear of the baby’s death.

He wrote: “Saddened to hear of the passing of Charlie Gard. Karen & I offer our prayers & condolences to his loving parents during this difficult time.”

Piers Morgan also took to Twitter to pay tribute, saying: “RIP Charlie Gard. A brave little boy who touched the world.”

Meanwhile boxer Frank Bruno wrote: “My thoughts are with the family of #CharlieGard…this has been a very difficult journey and no one will hurt more than his parents.”

Newsreader Kay Burley tweeted: “God bless little man”.

American celebrity blogger Perez Hilton wrote: “Very sad news. Our thoughts are with his loved ones. #CharlieGard #RIP”.

And Nigel Farage, referring to Charlie’s parents, of Bedfont, south-west London, said he was “desperately sorry for Chris and Connie”. 

Great Ormond Street Hospital said in a short statement: “Everyone at Great Ormond Street Hospital sends their heartfelt condolences to Charlie’s parents and loved-ones at this very sad time.”

On Thursday, High Court judge Mr Justice Francis approved a plan for Charlie to be moved to a hospice and have life support treatment withdrawn.


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