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Soap actors attend funeral of superfan killed in Manchester attack

Mariah Carey sent a video message that was played in church today at the funeral of Martyn Hett.

Martyn Hett funeral The coffin of Martyn Hett was Coronation Street-themed Source: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

MARIAH CAREY SENT a video message and the stars of the long-running British TV show Coronation Street were among the mourners at a funeral for Manchester concert bombing victim Martyn Hett today.

The 29-year-old was a self-professed “superfan” of the Manchester-set soap opera.

Hett was one of 22 people killed on 22 May when a suicide bomber struck concertgoers leaving an Ariana Grande show in the city in northwest England.

Martyn Hett funeral Source: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Hett’s “Coronation Street”-themed coffin was taken to Stockport Town Hall in Greater Manchester by horse-drawn carriage today for his funeral.

A producer and several actors from “Coronation Street” were among hundreds of mourners at the service, whose dress code was “black and fabulous.”

Martyn Hett funeral Kym March is an actress on the soap. Source: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Martyn Hett funeral Coronation street actors Antony Cotton (left) and Jennie McAlpine (second right) Source: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

In a video message, Carey said “I know you’re shining down on us from heaven.”

Hett’s father, Paul Hett, told the gathering that his son “was inspirational and this in turn inspired everyone around him”.

“In a very nice way, Martyn loved being in the limelight and the center of attention,” he said. “He would be loving every minute of this fantastic celebration of his life.”

Martyn Hett funeral Source: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

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