With his express permission – and also with our sincerest thanks and deepest sympathies – we publish this statement from Ben Tracey:
It is in deep bereavement that I must release news of the passing of Tina May, beloved mum of myself and my sister Gemma.
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Tina has borne the short months of her cancer prognosis with dignity and optimism, in the company of her children and partner Simon. She was made to feel much loved during this time. She died at home on the evening of Saturday the 26th, having earlier watched the livestream of the Pizza Express tribute concert in London, in which many of her colleagues and friends paid her fond sentiments of friendship and solidarity.
My mum has had a great many vocations in her life: performer, educator, mentor, and confidante. She has touched many peoples’ lives and in some way improved every one. She achieved this with her special ability to make someone feel they were good enough, that as they were, they mattered – to her and in the world.
We, and everyone who knew Tina, will be forever grateful for that.
Tina May. Born 30 March 1961. Died 26 March 2022.