Martyn Hett has been named as a victim of the Manchester terrorist attack that killed 22 people and hospitalized at least 59, PEOPLE confirms.
Hett, 29, from Stockport, had been missing since he became separated from friends at the Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena. He had been booked to travel United States on Wednesday for a two-month holiday.
On Wednesday morning, his brother, Dan Hett, tweeted the tragic news: “they found my brother last night. We are heartbroken.”
Hett’s partner, Russell Hayward, added on Twitter, “We got the news last night that our wonderful iconic and beautiful Martyn didn’t survive. He left this world exactly how he lived, centre of attention. I’m in a really bad way so please forgive if I don’t reply. Thankfully I have his wonderful family and amazing friends to keep each other strong. I love you Martyn. I always will. X.”
Another close friend, Christina Partington, also paid tribute to Hett — who sported a unique tattoo on his calf of Deirdre Barlow, a character on the British television show Coronation Street — in an emotional hand-written note, describing him as “my best friend, my maid of honour.”
“My heart is broken into a million pieces,” she added.
“I will always be thinking of you.
“You will always be my baby.
“You were the light in so many people’s lives.
“All the colours of the rainbow.
“Literally the life and soul, iconic.
“One in a million.
“A huge piece of my heart missing forever.
I will always love you.”
The deadly explosion occurred around 10:33 p.m. local time near the ticket office outside the arena, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said. Investigators suspect the attack was carried out by Salman Abedi, 22, who detonated an improvised explosive device and died at the scene, Hopkins said.
Police have also arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the attack, according to Hopkins.
According to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant communication, ISIS has claimed responsibility for the attack.