Tributes pour in for 'inspirational' LGBT journalist Dean Eastmond following death from cancer aged 21

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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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