Robbie Williams pays "poignant" tribute to little boy who died
IT was a "poignant" tribute when superstar Robbie Williams dedicated his song Angels to a little boy who died three years ago.
Matthew Hall passed away November 21, 2009, aged seven.
And when his mum Mel, 40, was at one of Robbie Williams' concerts, the superstar paid tribute to the little boy she had lost.
Speaking to a crowd of hundreds, he said: "I was going to write this kid's name down. I want to dedicate this next song, which is Angels, to him. I think his name's Matthew."
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He then noticed Mel Hall in the crowd as her friends were reacting around her.
"Is he your son?" he asked her. "Oh, bless you, what a beautiful little boy."
Mel has recently run an awareness campaign of Batten Disease, which stole her son's health.
As part of this, she tweets regularly about Matthew from account @MelHall10.
And those at the concert, who knew of her story, had tweeted the music star and asked him to dedicate a song to Matthew.
"God bless you mummy, this one's for your son," said Robbie, who has just became a dad to baby Theodora Rose.
Mel, of Bishop's Cleeve, said it had been a touching tribute to her boy.
She said: "Robbie was very sweet and very sincere. It was very poignant. Matthew was such a special little boy." Matthew first started showing symptoms of the nervous system disorder when he was three.
One afternoon, on the way to Woodmancote Primary, he turned pale, stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated.
It was the start of years of brain scans, lumbar punctures, blood tests, and hospital visits before the family got a diagnosis.
"Getting the diagnosis was a relief in that we finally had a label for what we were dealing with, although I had found references to Batten Disease before and I knew deep down that that's what he had," said Mel.
"But it also meant that we had to come to terms with having a child who wasn't going to live very long."
Mel, who has another son Tom, 12, changed her life to prioritise the needs of Matthew, knowing that the life expectancy for someone with Batten, which is very rare, is eight to 12 years.
But Matthew faded quickly, losing the ability to walk, talk and see, and he died just after his seventh birthday.