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Irish celebs pay tribute to HPV vaccine advocate Laura Brennan – who has sadly passed away

Laura was diagnosed with cervical cancer back in 2016

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Laura Brennan sadly passed away at the age of 26 on Wednesday, following her battle with cervical cancer.

The inspiring young woman became an advocate for the HPV vaccine, and worked closely with the HSE on many campaigns in order to raise awareness – after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2016.

After the news of her death hit headlines, a number of Irish celebs took to social media to pay tribute to Laura, including Ryan Tubridy – who met her when she appeared on The Late Late Show.

Ryan shared a pic of them on Instagram, and wrote: “I post this happy picture on a sad day when we heard that the incomparable Laura Brennan died. Laura was one of those extraordinary people who shine brightly and make friends easily with whoever they meet by sheer force of personality and natural kindness.”

 

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I post this happy picture on a sad day when we heard that the incomparable Laura Brennan died. Laura was one of those extraordinary people who shine brightly and make friends easily with whoever they meet by sheer force of personality and natural kindness. She had these traits in abundance. I met her a number of times and walked away utterly taken aback by her verve and commitment to help people throughout her campaigning. The world will be quieter and sadder without her. Our thoughts are with her family for whom a bright light was cruelly prevented from shining but her legacy will not be forgotten. May she Rest In Peace.

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The presenter recalled meeting the campaigner a number of times, and said the world will be quieter and sadder without her.

RTÉ 2FM presenter Louise McSharry also shared a tribute to the 26-year-old, as she tweeted: “Really so sad to hear of the death of Laura Brennan. I can’t think of many I respect as much.”

“Her tireless work to raise awareness of cervical cancer and the importance of the HPV vaccine undoubtedly saved many lives. RIP.”

Dara Qulity also paid tribute to Laura, by tweeting: “Tragic loss of Laura Brennan to cancer at 26 who dedicated her remaining time to encourage all young girls/women to get the HPV vaccine.”

“Prevention is the greatest cure. If you are unsure about HPV, look it up, protect yourself.”

Vicky Phelan, who was instrumental in exposing the CervicalCheck controversy, also expressed her sadness on social media.

She tweeted: “I have no words, just tears & emptiness at the loss of another young woman who used what was left of her time to campaign so that others would NOT suffer her fate. Please, please vaccinate your children #HPVvaccine.”