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Friday 27 May 2016

Little Mix star Jesy Nelson promises to dedicate song to tragic Belfast schoolboy Jack Whyte

By Laura Abernethy

Published 25/03/2016

Tragic death: Jack Whyte
Tragic death: Jack Whyte
Little Mix star Jesy Nelson has promised friends of Jack Whyte that the band will dedicate a song to him at their upcoming Belfast shows
Jesy Nelson (far right) promised on Instagram that Little Mix would dedicate a song at their Belfast show.

A member of girl band Little Mix has promised the devastated friends of a Belfast schoolboy who died suddenly earlier this month that the band will dedicate a song to him at their SSE Arena shows.

Jack Whyte died suddenly on March 1 from an asthma attack.

The St Patrick’s College pupil had tickets for one of the girl band's shows at the SSE arena, which will take place on March 31 and April 19.

Friends launched the #littlemixforjack campaign on social media on Thursday. A friend posted: “For even little mix to mention his name or dedicate a song to him he would be so happy and overjoyed. So we all thought that we would try our best to try and get them to even notice him.”

On Friday, Little Mix singer Jesy Nelson replied on Instagram and promised to dedicate a song to the 14-year-old.

She said: “What was his favourite song we will make this happen don't you worry my little lovelys xxx”

Following his death, headteacher at St Patrick’s College Paula Stewart paid tribute to the Year 11 pupil: "It was with much shock and disbelief that we learned this morning that Jack Whyte, a Year 11 student in our school, had died suddenly from an asthma attack.

"Jack was such a popular student and everyone at St Patrick's College is devastated and very saddened by this news.

"Jack was a bright, outgoing student, kind and caring. He was a pleasure to teach. A 'star' in our eyes. He was involved in many aspects of college life - drama, music and the student council - and he always had a smile for everyone he met.

"He will be greatly missed and remembered fondly by everyone who knew him. It will take us some time as a school community to come to terms with this. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack's family and friends at this very sad time in their lives. Rest in peace Jack."

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