After the tragic news of Piccadilly Rats dancer Ray Boddington’s death broke earlier today, the whole city of Manchester has been united in grief.
Ray was placed on a life support machine after being hit by a Metrolink tram on the evening of Wednesday April 10th, in the city centre.
The dancer had been fighting for his life ever since, after being seriously injured in the collision that took place on High Street, between Market Street and Shudehill.
Sadly, he lost that battle last night, almost a week after the horrific incident.
R I P MY BEST MATE MY BROTHER MY SUPERSTAR I WILL MISS YOU FOREVER GAZ ❤️ pic.twitter.com/XaKqCo1qj5— PICCADILLY RATS (@GPiccadillyRats) April 18, 2019
Now his son Daniel has taken to social media to pay tribute to his ‘amazingly strong’ dad and best friend.
Posting on the Ray Boddington Facebook page, Daniel thanked everyone for their support, saying if he was here his dad would ‘say he loves you all and he would thank everyone.’
The post begins:
my dad sadly passed away last night in his life hes been shot stabbed had heart attack and recently a tumor and a TRAM takes him away from us but his injuries were to bad iam so proud he made death wait a extra week to show people the human body is nothing without the heart and strength of a warrior and trust me it hurts and my heart feels more destroyed and shattered that words cant describe he wasnt just my dad he was everyones dad he looked out for everyone no matter who they were or what problems they had. [sic]
Daniel continued: “iam so proud he lasted a week with out any help he showed me how amazingly strong he was hes not just my dad hes my best friend my life and il never forget him or how he showed me to respect people to be myself and if ppl dont like it tough he was the best thing to ever happen to me and to this world i love you and il never forget you i promise you dad thank you for being what a dad should be and never giving up on us. [sic]"
He ended with a message for everyone who has supported his dad over the years:
if he was here he,d say he loves you all and he would thank everyone even the people who hated him he would thank everyone for standing by him threw it all the bad and good times and letting him live his life and making him feel incredible with all the support you have give him and even the support when he was dying so from my dad and his family thank you for everything xxxxxxxx [sic]
RIP Ray, you’ll never be forgotten.