DUBLIN TikTok star Anthony Iannucci was “human sunshine” and “inspiration”, his funeral heard today.
The 14-year-old boy who passed away on January 6 was surrounded by his family in Temple Street Hospital, Dublin.
The brave boy was born with the Hallermann-Streiff Sydrome – a genetic condition that affects skull development, growth, hair growth and tooth development that can cause breathing problems.
And he has amassed more than 1 million likes on TikTok and has been photographed meeting Simon Harris and Jason Byrne among others.
Anthony’s devastated family and friends gathered at Our Lady of Victories Church in Sallynoggin, Dublin this morning.
His guitar, Little Blue Heroes award and Garda uniform, Playstation controller and artwork are among the items placed in front of the altar as symbols of his life.
And Julie Collins of Temple Street Hospital described the young man as a “human sunshine”.
She said: “If you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting Anthony, you’ll remember him as a kind, brave, caring person, a hero, an inspiration, a joker, a cheeky man. , full of mischief, and you may also remember some of his lovely colorful language.
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“He is all of this to so many of us and more. He is the sunshine of man. He has the power to heal your heart on the worst day with hugs. her own, and there’s nothing like one of those hugs.”
She added: “To see Anthony, I had to hug him as I entered and left the room. I needed these more than he would ever know.
“If you’re lucky enough to do it, you’ll know the powerful meaning of his hugs, and cherish it forever.”
And she said it wasn’t easy being part of Anthony’s inner ring, as “his time is precious”.
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Julie said: “He’s a tough cookie, and he’ll make sure you’re worth his time and love, and he’s right, because his time is precious. , and to be one of his friends and forever will be my absolute privilege.
“He has made us all better people, better friends, better at our jobs, has shaped the way we treat patients and live our lives.
“He was one of the bravest people I’ve ever met. He fought battles that none of us ever did, he was an inspiration to all of us.”
She also talks about the entrepreneurial side of Anthony, as he makes and sells tie-dyed t-shirts online from his hospital bed.
And funerals heard about the 14-year-old’s love of cooking and baking, and that the boy was “very excited about baking something new every week”.
Julie said: “When some nurses started telling him they’d gained a few pounds after sampling his cupcakes, he told them calories don’t count when they’re made with love. He’s always ready with an -liner or a perfect comeback.”
Anthony is also known for his love of music, as he learned to play the guitar and write songs during his time in the hospital.
Julie continued: “He was so talented. He gave concerts for staff and patients, and he loved every minute of it.
“Recently, he went to a recording studio and recorded one of his songs that you will hear today.
“That song, like so many of his other originals, gave us an opening into his mind and soul. It also tells us how he wants to be mindful of his mother. no, because for him they are the center of his world.”
She added: “His favorite thing is singing with his sister Sandrina. She is his best friend and he will forever be hers.”
‘CELEBRATION IS ENDED’
And she tells how even in the last few days before Anthony’s death, “his wit and humor never faltered”, adding that he “still finds joy every day”.
Julie concludes: “Anthony, it has been our absolute privilege to be your friend, and how fortunate we are to have encountered something that makes it so difficult to say goodbye. .
“You may be gone, but thank you for the beautiful and precious memories you have left us.
“You were everyone’s favorite, but you somehow made each and every one of us feel like we were yours. We love you and will miss you forever.”
Meanwhile, Leanne, Anthony’s heartbroken sister, thanked their mother, Janet, for giving him “the best life”.
Leanne said: “Every time you get the chance, you’ve got him all over the world to live your dreams.
“I also want to thank Sandrina. She hasn’t left his side for the past few weeks. She took care of him, sang to him all the time and did everything she could to make him happy. Sandrina , you are so great.”
The older sister tearfully added: “Aaron, I want to thank you for being such a great nephew to Anthony. He’s so proud to be my uncle.
“Finally, I want to thank all the staff at Temple Street Hospital and the Little Blue Heroes team. Words will never explain what you mean to Anthony and our family.
“Anthony, you are our hero, we love you so much, and I know you are now in your father’s safe hands. Rest in peace my beautiful angel.”
Anthony is survived by his loving mother Janet, sisters Sandrina and Leanne, many relatives and his family at Temple Street Hospital.
The funeral also featured an original song written and recorded by Anthony himself.
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