Brit pop singer Faye Fantarrow, who was mentored by Eurythmics legend Dave Stewart, has tragically died aged just 21 following a rare brain tumour.
The Sunderland-born star died at home on Saturday, her mother Pam announced in an emotional statement.
Faye had previously beaten leukaemia on two separate occasions after being diagnosed with the form of cancer at ages 8 and 13.
However, in September 2022 she was diagnosed with a rare glioma tumour.
According to Cancer Research UK, gliomas are “cancerous brain tumours that start in glial cells”.
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Faye has been described by her family as “the brightest star on the darkest night” with “a passion for living”.
In a heartbreaking statement, they described how they have been left “broken and desolate” following the singer-songwriter’s death.
The statement read: “Faye had wisdom, compassion and understanding beyond her years.
“She loved fiercely, laughed easily and lived gregariously.”
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Faye was signed to mentor Dave’s Bay Street Records label in 2021, and the pair had been working on an EP together before her death.
The Eurythmics musician said in a statement: “I can’t put into words how devastated I was when, just after spending an amazing creative time with Faye last summer making her debut album, Faye found out she had this very aggressive brain tumour.
“Faye was a joy to be around, full of fun, laughter and sharp as a razor — a true artist in every sense.
“Being with her and watching her at work is a diamond stuck in my head, moments I will never forget.
“I’m lucky to have met Faye and her Mum Pam, two humans together battling against all odds for Faye’s survival.
“It has been both traumatic and beautiful to witness their strength and dignity, and I am so sorry the world only got to witness Faye’s genius for such a short time.
“She is one of the true greats, a northern girl on fire with her lyrics and melodies. I loved her deeply.”
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