Danielle “Dani” Hampson is remembered as a “loving, successful, intelligent” woman after she tragically died on her wedding day.
The late PR manager, who was said to say “I do” to “X Factor” alumnus Tom Mann on June 18, has been praised by family and friends on social media in the days since her death.
“She was the beating heart of our family, the loving, successful, intelligent daughter who always put everyone before herself,” her father, Martin Hampson, wrote on Instagram, noting that she was “loved by everyone.”
He continued: “People say the pain will diminish with time, but as it stands now we are broken. Danielle, we will love you forever.”
Dani’s sister-in-law, Helena Smith, revealed that her birthday fell on what should have been her brother’s wedding date. She promised to be there for the couple’s 8-month-old son, Bowie.
“The 18th was my birthday, and while it should all be about… [Dani]she was still making plans around her own wedding weekend to celebrate me too,” Smith said.
“I can never thank her enough for her selflessness and always, always putting other people first, even when it wasn’t necessary. This day will forever be a celebration of yours.”
Smith went on to say she’s “looked up” to Dani — who was 34 when she died — since the moment they first met.
“The big sister I never had and never knew I needed, a best friend,” she wrote. “You taught me so much and I promise I’ll spend the rest of my life using what I’ve learned from you and always be there for Bowie. I’m so happy to be his aunt.”
Dani’s brother, Andrew Hampson, also shared a tribute to his “best friend.”
“The outpouring of love we’ve already seen is a testament to the amazing person you were,” he wrote on Instagram. “I wish we could have one last hug, drink together, laugh and have the chance to tell you you were everything to me.”
He added: “Danielle has been my best friend for as long as I can remember.”
Mann, who appeared on Britain’s “X Factor” in 2014, first revealed the tragic news about Dani via Instagram on Monday.
“My darling Dani – my best friend, my everything and more, the love of my life – passed away in the early hours of Saturday morning, June 18,” he wrote. “What should have been the happiest day of our lives ended in an irreversible heartbreak. I feel like I’ve cried an ocean.
“We never made it to the altar; either we had to take our vows or dance our first dance, but I know you know you were my whole world and the best thing that ever happened to me, Danielle,” he continued.
Mann, who was part of the boy band Stereo Kicks during his time on the reality competition show, said their son would give him the “strength” to cope.
“I honestly don’t know where to go from here, but I do know to use all the strength I can for our little boy,” he explained. “I won’t leave a mark on the parent you’ve already become, but I promise I’ll do everything I can to raise Bowie the way we’ve always wanted to.”
Dani’s cause of death has not yet been announced.