A Britain’s Got Talent star, who wowed audiences with her dancing dog, has lost her battle with cancer aged 45.
Tina Humphrey rose to fame with her border collie, Chandi, when she reached the final of the show back in 2012 and finished fourth.
Tina fought the aggressive form of cancer, metastasised melanoma, for more than a year before she died, on May 12.
The beloved school music teacher, from Shrewsbury, was rarely apart from her blue merle border collie, after she rescued her in 1998.
They went on to captivate audiences across the world, touring the country and even releasing a book about Chandi’s life.
Chandi, who won four Crufts finals, and made appearances on Blue Peter, Richard and Judy and Graham Norton’s When Will I Be Famous, died on April 26, 2013.
Tina’s husband, Steve, said: ‘I am devastated that she is gone, but I’m happy that she is no longer suffering and is at peace.
‘I miss her so much and find it hard to believe that the shattered pieces of my heart will ever begin to heal, but I know they will because she lives on in me and always will.
‘I love her so much. She was, and is, my person.’
Tina blogged about her new dog, Grace, on a Facebook page with nearly 250,000, which her husband has vowed to keep to up and running in her memory.
Steve said: ‘Before she died she made me promise not to retreat into grief, but to have adventures with Grace and our other dog Gromit so that she could be with us in our hearts and minds having fun.’
According to the Shropshire Star, Tina posted a long note to friends on Facebook before her death, writing: ‘I write this sitting outside looking at the most amazing wooded garden.
‘The sun is shining, the grass is sparkling with dew, there is a breeze and the birds are singing to me – how I have loved this natural world and its creatures and being able to walk and revel in the breathtaking beauty of the world.
‘Maybe I get to be at one with the breeze and the flowers, trees, birds – the entire universe and be part of the loveliness.
‘Then I can be all around those I love, whispering my love on the breeze and warming you with love with sun beams on your face.
‘Perhaps you will be able to marvel at me in the Northern Lights or meteor showers or a lunar eclipse.’
She finished by saying: ‘I fought so hard to stay – I did my best. I always knew I would die young – you can’t fight destiny. I have done more in my 45 years than a lot of people do in a lifetime.’
Tina’s funeral took place at Shrewsbury Crematorium on Monday.
Rather than flowers, Tina asked that people donate to Hilbrae Kennels, where she found her beloved dog Chandi as a puppy.
Hilbrae Kennels shared their own tribute, posting: ‘We had some very sad news today. Tina Humphrey, well known for her fabulous Hilbrae Kennels, has died.
‘Tina rose to fame with her amazing routines with Chandi who she adopted from us some years ago. They made lots of TV appearances once again proving that ‘Rescue’ dogs are capable of great things.
‘Our thoughts go out to her husband Steve and we can only hope she has been reunited with her beloved Chandi and her other dogs.’
Tributes have been paid online to the music teacher, with many remembering her performances on the show five years ago ‘vividly’.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, by HARVEY DAY