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Katherine Crowe: Tributes made to 'inspirational' singer

Katherine Crowe courtesy of AM Productions Isle of Man Image copyright Pete Williamson
Image caption Mrs Crowe had been an established singer on the Isle of Man for more than 25 years

Hundreds of people have paid tribute to a "brave" and "inspirational" singer from the Isle of Man.

Katherine Crowe, 39, lost an eight-year battle with terminal breast cancer on Wednesday.

Fellow performer Matt Creer, who recorded with Mrs Crowe, said she was "an unstoppable force of nature, both on and off stage".

Despite her illness, she made a bid for Christmas number one in 2012 with her version of Charlie Chaplin's Smile.

She recorded the song with the London Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, at Abbey Road Studios, in London, and described the experience as a "dream come true."

Image copyright DAM Productions Isle of Man
Image caption In 2012 she recorded her version of Charlie Chaplin's Smile at Abbey Road Studios in London

The mother-of-two made music for more that 25 years, performing all over the island and in the UK.

Her husband Andy said his "beautiful, inspiring and perfect wife" had "slipped peacefully away" on Wednesday evening.

Close friend Christy DeHaven added: "Katherine was an utterly unique individual in her bravery, her humour, her talent, her wondrous stubbornness and her boundless generosity of spirit, even in the face of the most horrendous situations".

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