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Jessie J shares heartbreak after death of ‘gentle giant’ security guard

She shared photos and videos of them together.

Jessie J (Matt Crossick/PA)
Jessie J (Matt Crossick/PA)

Jessie J has said she is remembering “the joy you bought into my life” after the death of her “gentle giant” security guard.

The singer paid tribute by sharing a video on Instagram of her bodyguard, who she refers to only as Dave, getting stuck in a narrow passageway on a plane while she can be heard giggling in the background.

The musician, whose real name is Jessica Cornish, also shared a video of the pair dancing by the side of a stage together, as well as a gallery of photos.

She captioned the video: “Remembering how much joy you bought into my life.”

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The love you had for your children. Was everything ❤️ We would laugh till we cried nearly everyday. We created Penelope and the blue Shetland pony together. We talked about our dreams. We talked about what our biggest fears were. You weren’t just my security, we ARE family. 4 years. Me and you. Remember when you got me the blue Shetland pony cake for the end of The Voice Aus. When we went to see fifty shades in Aus and giggled the whole way through. When you would text me when I was filming The Voice on the breaks to make me laugh. The late night walks we would take together to get some air. Who would shout “banana” quickest. When you came to see me when I was in hospital to cheer me up and I was out of it on anaesthetic and we again just laughed. You were so worried about me. You looked after me. Working out by the side of the bus everyday before the tour. You would push me and tell me I could do better. When you would do anything so I could see my fans waiting. You would always sort it out so it was safe for them and me. When I was terrified on that flight from Dubai to London because of the turbulence and you held my hand for 8 hours. I will never forget that. When we would go shopping and try on silly hats and glasses. When you would carry me to stage because my shoes wouldn’t make it through the mud. The way we laughed. I keep going back to that. We had so much fun Dave. Your love for working out. The way you would eat your meals and I would always wish I could be so disciplined. I am now. You inspired me. Your love for your dogs. Your love for tattoos. Your love for travelling. Your gentleness. Your voice. The way you stuck by me when everyone else left. It was me and you in Aus. You were my rock. I wrote this because I want everyone to remember the man you were. You were a gentle giant with a heart so big everyone felt it. I love you so much. We were supposed to meet for hot chocolate next week. I miss you. I will see you on the other side one day. Rest easy Dave / give your Dad a hug from me 💔✨🙏🏻

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In an earlier post she referred to her security guard as family and paid tribute to the love he had for his children.

She added: “We would laugh till we cried nearly everyday. We created Penelope and the blue Shetland pony together.

“We talked about our dreams. We talked about what our biggest fears were.

“You weren’t just my security, we ARE family. 4 years. Me and you.”

She recalled how Dave would send her text messages during breaks while she was filming the Australian version of The Voice to make her laugh and reminisced about a trip to the cinema to see Fifty Shades Of Grey, where they “giggled the whole way through”.

She added: “When you would do anything so I could see my fans waiting. You would always sort it out so it was safe for them and me.

“When I was terrified on that flight from Dubai to London because of the turbulence and you held my hand for 8 hours. I will never forget that.

“When we would go shopping and try on silly hats and glasses.

“When you would carry me to stage because my shoes wouldn’t make it through the mud.

“The way we laughed. I keep going back to that. We had so much fun Dave.”

She also recalled his love for his dogs, as well as for tattoos and travelling, as well as his gentleness and his voice.

She said: “The way you stuck by me when everyone else left. It was me and you in Aus. You were my rock.

“I wrote this because I want everyone to remember the man you were. You were a gentle giant with a heart so big everyone felt it.

“I love you so much. We were supposed to meet for hot chocolate next week.

“I miss you. I will see you on the other side one day. Rest easy Dave / give your Dad a hug from me.”

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