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Boy George reveals his devastation as 'close friend' takes her own life - hours after worrying tweet

Mirror logo Mirror 28/07/2016 Charlotte Wareing

Boy George in New York. © Drew Gurian/Invision/AP Photo Boy George in New York. Boy George has spoken of his devastation after his close friend took her own life - hours after posting a worrying message on Twitter.

The artist - real name George Alan O'Dowd - told fans he was "struggling" as he posted a heartbreaking message about the death of pal Alice Shaw.

He wrote: "My long time friend @ alifromdapally took her own life. I am struggling with this. I'm am devastated but I need to say how much I loved her!"

The last message posted on Alice's Twitter account read: "Please know I am more at peace now than I have been in a very long time and there is nothing anyone could have done."

© Provided by Mirror The accompanying image showed a simple piece of white paper with the words 'Au revoir' and a black hear pendant.

One fan commented: "Sorry for your loss."

Another said: "Very sorry George. And she left her final note on Twitter."

Back in June Alice sent birthday wishes to the Everything I Own singer, sharing a picture of them kissing with confetti graphics and a message reading: "Happy birthday honey."

© Provided by Mirror It's not clear how the pair met, but Alice said she was shown on a video dancing with Boy George on Parkinson back in the 80s.

Others have been paying their respects to be "vibrant" woman, with one saying: "Words cannot express my sorrow. She looked so vibrant. I hope she is at peace. Love and light."

One follower said: "She said she was at peace & there was nothing anyone could have done. Believe her."

"Such a sad heartbreaking message on her Twitter feed," one Twitter user wrote.

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Another revealed a similar loss, as they wrote: "I am so incredibly sorry. My cousin took his own life three years ago, so I understand the pain. My heart goes out to you."

And one wrote: "Sending you lots of love at this hard time x."

Replying to a message from another Twitter user, the Former Culture Club star added: "It's just awful!"

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