‘She was an inspiration and a fighter to the very end’ - tributes have been paid to a brave cancer patient who has sadly died.
Angie Coyle captured the hearts of Blackpool this week as she and her family shared their story of her four-year fight against a cancer that spread through her body and brain.
But she died early on Friday, surrounded by her family in Trinity Hospice, Bispham. She was 56.
Champion boxer Brian Rose has paid tribute to his friend, who he has vowed to win the world-title for.
He said: “If anything goes to drive me on to win that world title it’ll be Angie.
“I could see how hard she battled with cancer, she was so brave. People battle things in different ways and for different reasons. I battle in the ring and people say I’m tough but people battling cancer are tougher. She was a great woman, she can be an inspiration to us all.”
Brian, a friend of Angie’s son Nick, visited the family at the hospice on Low Moor Road earlier on Monday, where he said Angie, from North Shore, continued to live life to the fullest.
He has now vowed, encouraged by the care he saw given to Angie and her family, to continue to support the hospices in any way he can.
Brian, who will fight Demetrius Andrade for the WBO world light-middleweight title in the New Year, added: “It’s amazing at the hospice, a credit to the staff up there.
“It was a pleasure to go to the hospice to see Angie.
“She was drinking champagne the day before she died, she lived life and put on a brave face to the end.”