Tributes from around the world have been paid to “hero” Captain Sir Tom Moore and Good Morning Britain honoured his death with a special edition of the show.
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid shared their emotions about the war veteran and incredible fundraiser’s death on Wednesday’s episode, February 3 of ITV’s flagship morning show.
The 100-year-old, who raised £33 million for NHS charities by walking laps of his garden, was admitted to Bedford Hospital on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19 and died on Tuesday, February 2.
Morgan, who interviewed Capt Sir Tom for the Piers Morgan’s Life Stories show, called him “a shining light in the darkest of times” and said it was a “very sad day”.
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Reid said: “We are paying tribute to a national hero…. he put the ‘great’ into Great Britain, today we remember the courage and determination of a man who captured the hearts of young and old.”
Capt Sir Tom became famous in April 2020 after he walked 100 laps of his garden with his trusty stroller to raise money for the NHS.
Amidst the positive notes, Morgan was particularly condemning on one subject.
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He addressed the ‘trolls mocking and abusing Captain Tom and his family before and after he died’ for a trip they had taken to Barbados in December after British Airways paid for the flights.
Morgan said that Capt Sir Tom’s daughter, Hannah, had told him how much it hurt them.
Morgan said: “It hurt them at a time when they at their darkest moment with their dad, their granddad.
“It added despair and misery and hurt onto what they were suffering as a family.
“It was despicable and the very worst of this country is some of the stuff I read on Twitter and social media in the last few days.”
Following the breaking news of Capt Sir Tom’s death, thousands paid their condolences via comments on different social media sites, though some comments were deemed inappropriate for the tragic occasion.
Morgan and Reid both praised Prime Minister Boris Johnson for publicly condemning the comments too.
“We have to do something about this,” Piers said.
“The idea that people think it’s ok to abuse the likes of Captain Tom and family after they raised £39 million for the NHS and not have to suffer any consequences for it.
“You really did make it worse, and I think this is despicable.”
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