Twenty-two people were killed following a terrorist attack that took place at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, on Monday night.

As the world continues to mourn the tragedy, identities of the victims are still being confirmed. Among the latest to be identified was 29-year-old prolific out blogger Martyn Hett.

Family and friends have confirmed Hett’s death on Twitter and are still reeling from the loss.

“We got the news last night that our wonderful iconic and beautiful Martyn didn’t survive,” wrote Russell Hayward, who identified himself as a “soulmate” of Hetts. “He left this world exactly how he lived, centre of attention...I love you Martyn, I always will.”

A popular blogger, Hett’s wrote about “strong women” and pop culture, according to his website. His jubilant personality garnered him appearances on UK-based shows and other publications. BuzzFeed even featured Hett trying to help his mom’s flailing knitting career by advertising her work on Twitter, in which his persistence paid off and made his mom -- and her crochet creations -- a viral sensation.

Hett spent the weekend celebrating his soon departure to the U.S. with his friends and family. Tragically, one his last tweets was spent with his partner before he heading off to the Ariana Grande concert that fateful evening.

Hett’s outgoing personality was infectious to those closest to him and his death is a tragic loss to the LGBTQ community. HRC mourns him as well as the other victims in this heinous attack. Our prayers are with their loved ones during this extraordinarily difficult time. 

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