Tributes have been pouring in from across Manchester after the sudden death of popular hairdresser-to-the-stars Scott Meadows.
Scott, 31, who counted scores of celebrities as his friends and clients and was a well known face at the House of Evelyn beauty salon in Manchester city centre, has been hailed the “life and soul of the party” by those who knew and loved him.
The Spring Gardens beauty salon has been closed for the past two days as a mark of respect to Scott.
His family have set up a Facebook tribute page entitled King Scott Meadows, and are encouraging friends to add their favourite photos and memories of Scott.
Among those paying tribute has been Coronation Street star Kym Marsh, who posted a picture alongside Scott and said: “No words will ever describe how much I will miss you. Scott you are the most gorgeous person. Always the life and soul of every party, you lit up a room from the second you walked in. A huge personality with a heart to match.
“Trying to imagine life without you in it seems impossible, I still can’t get my head around it. Thank you Scott for your friendship, your love and the many many laughs. We adore you and we will miss you so so much. Heaven has gained the most fabulous angel!! Sleep tight gorgeous boy.”
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No words will ever describe how much I will miss you. Scott you are loved by so many. Always the life and soul of every party, you lit up every room. Your laugh was so infectious, everyone wanted to be around you. I feel very lucky to have been able to call you my friend. Thank you Scott, for your friendship, for the laughter and for the wonderful memories. I hope you’re showing those angels how it’s done kiddo! The MOST fabulous angel in heaven. Sleep tight sweetheart. Love you always. Your Gail ❤️❤️
Kym’s daughter Emilie, who worked alongside Scott at the Manchester salon, also paid an emotional tribute. She wrote: “Heartbroken is not the word. One of my bestest friends in this entire world has been taken from us far too soon.
“Heaven has gained the most kind, incredibly talented, funny, beautiful angel there ever was. I am so proud to have been able to call you my best friend, and to have been a part of your amazing crazy ass life.
“You truly were and always will be one hell of a guy. Thanks for the laughs, and the most incredible memories I have made with you, I will cherish every single one forever.”
Scott’s family – mum and dad Amanda and Chris Meadows and sister Stef – have made their own emotional statements on the Facebook tribute page, and have encouraged friends to share photos, videos and stories about their beloved Scott, who grew up in Leigh.
Scott’s mum and dad shared a poem, saying: “It’s sometimes hard to know why things happen as they do for so much joy and happiness was centred around you. It seems so hard to comprehend that you’re no longer here for all the happy memories will help to keep you near.”
Model and reality TV star Jemma Lucy, another of Scott’s close friends, told of her heartbreak in an emotional Instagram post sharing a photo of the two pals.
She wrote: “Broken heart…RIP my baby Scott I loved you so so much. I’m so devastated you have left our world. You were one of the only people I could trust and turn to on this planet… I’m angry that such a beautiful person and close friend has been taken from us. You were truly one of the nicest kindest loving caring people I’ve ever met.”
A statement on behalf of the family said: “It is with the heaviest of hearts and with extreme sadness that we are announcing, on behalf of Scott’s completely heartbroken and loving family, the untimely and tragic death of Scott Meadows.
“This incredibly sad news will come as a shock and be devastating for many people, as Scott was incredibly popular and well loved by everyone he knew.
“Renowned for his outstanding sense of style, incredible sense of humour and most of all his generous and loving nature. Scott had lots of friends and was a large presence within Manchester’s LGBT community, undoubtedly the star of the show at Pride with his showstopping outfits. Scott will leave a huge hole in all of our lives and Manchester and the world will be a lot duller without his beautiful soul here.”