Published On: Fri, Aug 10th, 2018

Danielle Armstrong posts tribute to Sammy on her 30th birthday

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It’s been just three months since she lost her beloved best friend Sammy to breast cancer – and Danielle Armstrong has paid tribute to her in the most beautiful way. 

Taking to Instagram on what would have been her 30th birthday, Danielle, also 30, shared a video of her and her pal trying to get a clip without much success.

The pair giggled as they tried to work out their best angles while filming one another, in a sweet moment which really seemed to sum up their lovely friendship. 

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Danielle Armstrong posted a heartfelt tribute to best friend Sammy (right) on her 30th birthday following her death from cancer... as she says she 'misses her infectious laugh'

Danielle Armstrong posted a heartfelt tribute to best friend Sammy (right) on her 30th birthday following her death from cancer... as she says she 'misses her infectious laugh'

Danielle Armstrong posted a heartfelt tribute to best friend Sammy (right) on her 30th birthday following her death from cancer… as she says she ‘misses her infectious laugh’

Remembering Sammy: She shared this sweet video of herself and her late best friend giggling as they struggled to get themselves in the mirror as she discussed her heartache 

Remembering Sammy: She shared this sweet video of herself and her late best friend giggling as they struggled to get themselves in the mirror as she discussed her heartache 

Remembering Sammy: She shared this sweet video of herself and her late best friend giggling as they struggled to get themselves in the mirror as she discussed her heartache 

Former TOWIE star Danielle wrote: ‘Waking up this morning I’ve played this video over 50 times just to hear that infectious laugh again. I miss that laugh so much… 

‘Today is your 30th Birthday and it breaks my heart we can’t be celebrating it with you today.

‘Today we will still celebrate your special day with your family & close friends and we know you will be around us to see it all. Sammy happy birthday my beautiful friend and Love you always forever.’ 

Their special girl: Jessica Wright (left) also shared lovely snaps of herself with Danielle and Sammy on what would have been her 30th birthday

Their special girl: Jessica Wright (left) also shared lovely snaps of herself with Danielle and Sammy on what would have been her 30th birthday

Their special girl: Jessica Wright (left) also shared lovely snaps of herself with Danielle and Sammy on what would have been her 30th birthday

Saying goodbye: Danielle gave her late pal Sammy an emotional farewell in June after she passed away the month before following a long battle with breast cancer

Saying goodbye: Danielle gave her late pal Sammy an emotional farewell in June after she passed away the month before following a long battle with breast cancer

Saying goodbye: Danielle gave her late pal Sammy an emotional farewell in June after she passed away the month before following a long battle with breast cancer

Their good friend Jess Wright also shared some lovely snaps of the three of them on social media. 

She wrote: ‘Happy 30th birthday beautiful angel, Sammy.’   

In June, Danielle joined family and friends to give her special girl an emotional farewell.

Taking to Instagram, Danielle shared snaps of the funeral and revealed ‘we had tears, cry’s laughs and dancing just like Sammy had wanted.’ 

Danielle shared a snap of a huge heart-shaped floral bouquet, which saw Danielle and her companions smiling. 

She offered a lengthy caption: ‘Yesterday We Said Goodbye To Our Princess. I hope we done you proud Sammy and every little detail you had planned for this day went exactly how you wanted it to go. 

‘We had tears, cry’s laughs and dancing just like you said you wanted it to be like. I think it’s clear to see how loved you were by the amount of people that showed up to pay there respects to our true Essex princess.’

‘Now it’s the hard part where we will try and live in a world without you and live with this hole in our hearts.’ [sic]

Emotional: Taking to Instagram, the former TOWIE star shared snaps of the funeral and revealed 'we had tears, cry’s laughs and dancing just like Sammy had wanted' [sic]

Emotional: Taking to Instagram, the former TOWIE star shared snaps of the funeral and revealed 'we had tears, cry’s laughs and dancing just like Sammy had wanted' [sic]

Emotional: Taking to Instagram, the former TOWIE star shared snaps of the funeral and revealed ‘we had tears, cry’s laughs and dancing just like Sammy had wanted’ [sic]

Danielle's emotional and lengthy caption included: 'Now it’s the hard part where we will try and live in a world without you and live with this hole in our hearts'

Danielle's emotional and lengthy caption included: 'Now it’s the hard part where we will try and live in a world without you and live with this hole in our hearts'

Danielle’s emotional and lengthy caption included: ‘Now it’s the hard part where we will try and live in a world without you and live with this hole in our hearts’

‘I just say to myself I will see you again one day and we can have so much to catch up on like we always loved our hourly evening catch ups just the next one we have can last forever.’ 

‘I promise I’ll look after your mum dad brother and jack always.’

Danielle’s partner, Daniel Spiller, also offered an emotional post with Sammy’s picture.

He wrote: ‘Yesterday we said goodbye to our gorgeous Sammy, as hard as it was to say goodbye for now, it was a special day, what an incredible girl not only to plan your own day but to add in your humour along the way to put a smile on everyone’s face.

The devastated reality star added: 'I promise I’ll look after your mum dad brother and jack always'

The devastated reality star added: 'I promise I’ll look after your mum dad brother and jack always'

The devastated reality star added: ‘I promise I’ll look after your mum dad brother and jack always’

In memory of: The whole venue was dotted with snaps of Sammy as they remembered their treasured friend in the most beautiful way

In memory of: The whole venue was dotted with snaps of Sammy as they remembered their treasured friend in the most beautiful way

In memory of: The whole venue was dotted with snaps of Sammy as they remembered their treasured friend in the most beautiful way

It truly was, a wedding, 30th and baby shower all in one. Goodnight, god bless Sammy,’ he concluded the sweet post. 

Just three weeks before, Danielle had taken to Instagram where she informed her fans of the sad news: ‘Last night we lost a princess but heaven gained an angel.

She said: ‘We have been friends for over 20 Years and I can’t even find the words to describe how I’m feeling apart from the fact I’m so blessed and honoured to call you my best friend.  

'God bless Sammy': Danielle's partner Daniel Spiller also offered an emotional post with Sammy's picture

'God bless Sammy': Danielle's partner Daniel Spiller also offered an emotional post with Sammy's picture

‘God bless Sammy’: Danielle’s partner Daniel Spiller also offered an emotional post with Sammy’s picture

‘I take comfort knowing you are no longer in pain but at peace.’

Adding: ‘Our beautiful sammy the way you say Danieellleeee and that screaming infectious laugh I will miss so much. 

‘You will always be our 5th spice girl and I promise the whole world will get to know your story. Love you always Forever and you will always be in my heart my best friend my sister my sammy our princess xxx.’ 

There for her: Danielle shared this picture of herself holding hands with Sammy before she sadly passed as she said she was 'very poorly'

There for her: Danielle shared this picture of herself holding hands with Sammy before she sadly passed as she said she was 'very poorly'

There for her: Danielle shared this picture of herself holding hands with Sammy before she sadly passed as she said she was ‘very poorly’

She also shared a video of herself with her pal in which she asked Sammy: ‘What would you say you love about this holiday the most?’

Sammy replied: ‘Spending all this quality time with you,’ as she kissed her on her shoulder.’

‘That’s the cutest thing you’ve ever said in 25 years,’ Danielle responded, as Sammy giggled.

Always in her heart: Danielle shared a selection of pictures of her friend on Instagram alongside her sad post after her friend passed away too soon

Always in her heart: Danielle shared a selection of pictures of her friend on Instagram alongside her sad post after her friend passed away too soon

Always in her heart: Danielle shared a selection of pictures of her friend on Instagram alongside her sad post after her friend passed away too soon

Heartfelt: Danielle told her fans the sad news, saying: 'Last night we lost a princess but heaven gained an angel

Heartfelt: Danielle told her fans the sad news, saying: 'Last night we lost a princess but heaven gained an angel

Heartfelt: Danielle told her fans the sad news, saying: ‘Last night we lost a princess but heaven gained an angel

Broken heart: Danielle has been friends with Sammy (far right) for more than 20 years and it's clear that they treasured one another immensely. She wrote: 'Our beautiful sammy the way you say Danieellleeee and that screaming infectious laugh I will miss so much'

Broken heart: Danielle has been friends with Sammy (far right) for more than 20 years and it's clear that they treasured one another immensely. She wrote: 'Our beautiful sammy the way you say Danieellleeee and that screaming infectious laugh I will miss so much'

Broken heart: Danielle has been friends with Sammy (far right) for more than 20 years and it’s clear that they treasured one another immensely. She wrote: ‘Our beautiful sammy the way you say Danieellleeee and that screaming infectious laugh I will miss so much’

Tribute: Danielle's former TOWIE co-star Jessica Wright also paid tribute to Sammy in a sweet social media post sharing a snap of the trio of pals 

Tribute: Danielle's former TOWIE co-star Jessica Wright also paid tribute to Sammy in a sweet social media post sharing a snap of the trio of pals 

Tribute: Danielle’s former TOWIE co-star Jessica Wright also paid tribute to Sammy in a sweet social media post sharing a snap of the trio of pals 

Kind words: Jess wrote 'Heaven gained an angel yesterday. Sammy you were a light in so many peoples lives & my heart breaks at your loss & for your family'

Kind words: Jess wrote 'Heaven gained an angel yesterday. Sammy you were a light in so many peoples lives & my heart breaks at your loss & for your family'

Kind words: Jess wrote ‘Heaven gained an angel yesterday. Sammy you were a light in so many peoples lives & my heart breaks at your loss & for your family’

On Saturday night, Danielle shared a picture of her hand holding Sammy’s, writing: ‘To anyone that may not have received my message that I cancelled my party due to my friend being very poorly.

‘I thought it would best to share this for anyone that was going to attend this evening. Apologies if this is the first time you heard about it being cancelled. x’

Danielle’s former TOWIE co-star Jessica Wright also paid tribute to Sammy in a sweet social media post. 

The reality star shared snaps of the pair together, writing: ‘Heaven gained an angel yesterday. Sammy you were a light in so many peoples lives & my heart breaks at your loss & for your family. 

‘Stunning, kind, fun, wonderful person & you will be missed by so many. Your last words to me were ‘never change jess’ , right back at you beautiful girl thank you @daniellearmstrong88 for introducing me to your wonderful friend thinking of you & all at this sad time. Love you Sammy.’

Making memories: It's clear to see that Danielle and Sammy were always there for one another 

Making memories: It's clear to see that Danielle and Sammy were always there for one another 

Making memories: It’s clear to see that Danielle and Sammy were always there for one another 

Special connection: From nights out, to holidays abroad, wherever Danielle and Sammy were always by one another's side 

Special connection: From nights out, to holidays abroad, wherever Danielle and Sammy were always by one another's side 

Special connection: From nights out, to holidays abroad, wherever Danielle and Sammy were always by one another’s side 

Holding hands: Danielle was pictured holding hands with Sammy in another social media snap, as she did on Saturday when she looked after her in her final days 

Holding hands: Danielle was pictured holding hands with Sammy in another social media snap, as she did on Saturday when she looked after her in her final days 

Holding hands: Danielle was pictured holding hands with Sammy in another social media snap, as she did on Saturday when she looked after her in her final days 

Earlier this year Danielle got a heart tattoo inked her rib cage in support of Sammy. 

In 2016, Danielle shared another snap of her friendship group, writing: ‘Last night we celebrated our beautiful @sammybrandon’s first night out with the girls after a brave year fighting breast cancer.

‘We love you and so happy we have our Sammy back #friends #20years #special #close #lovethesegirls.’ 

Danielle shared the heartbreaking news that her best friend was diagnosed with a terminal illness via Instagram in May.

She broke the news to her 1.1m followers after fans noticed she had been away from social media for longer than usual, with many sharing their concerns with her.

In the devastating post, Danielle asked fans to ‘cherish every moment’ with loved ones as she explained how she’s coping with the awful news.

Awful news: Danielle revealed her secret heartbreak as a best friend was diagnosed with a terminal illness via Instagram in May

Awful news: Danielle revealed her secret heartbreak as a best friend was diagnosed with a terminal illness via Instagram in May

Awful news: Danielle revealed her secret heartbreak as a best friend was diagnosed with a terminal illness via Instagram in May

Danielle shared a picture of an illustrated butterfly with the words: ‘You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have’. 

In the lengthy caption, the TV personality detailed how fans had shared their concern for her and how she felt obligated to share her news. 

Danielle wrote: ‘Lots of you have been messaging me on Instagram, Twitter and emails asking if everything is ok as I’ve been quite the last 10 days across all my social media. 

‘I shouldn’t have to really write this but I do know its because people genuinely care and want to see if I’m ok….. My best friend of over 20 years has been told she is terminally ill and as you can imagine myself our friends & family are heartbroken.’

Determined: In the lengthy caption, the TV personality detailed how fans had shared their concern for her and how she felt obligated to share her news

Determined: In the lengthy caption, the TV personality detailed how fans had shared their concern for her and how she felt obligated to share her news

Determined: In the lengthy caption, the TV personality detailed how fans had shared their concern for her and how she felt obligated to share her news

Struggling to come to terms with the heartbreaking revelation, Danielle added that she’s determined to stay strong throughout the difficult ordeal.   

Danielle continued: ‘I cant even find the words to describe the feelings, emotions and pain we are all going through but all I know is we are all staying strong it’s the only thing we can do.

‘My friend is probably the strongest out of all of us and it’s her strength and how she is dealing with this which is helping us all do the same.

‘I’ll have days I’m ok and you will see me being me in my shop and on snap chat being silly and then their will be days I’m just keeping myself to myself. All I ask is you cherish every moment you have with your loved ones and best friends’.

Fans of the reality star rushed to send their messages of support, with one kindly writing: ‘Much love to you and your friend Dannii. So sorry to hear this sad news….you’re a wonderful person and I’m sure will make fabulous memories with your friend while you can’.

Another replied: ‘Bless you, it’s a shame you felt the need to explain to everyone’, while a third simply wrote: ‘Sending thoughts and prayers for you and your friend and family’.

Macmillan Cancer Support can be contacted on email or freephone: 0808 808 00 00 (Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm).

Heartbreak: In the devastating post, Danielle asked fans to 'cherish every moment' with loved ones as she explained how she's coping with the awful news

Heartbreak: In the devastating post, Danielle asked fans to 'cherish every moment' with loved ones as she explained how she's coping with the awful news

Heartbreak: In the devastating post, Danielle asked fans to ‘cherish every moment’ with loved ones as she explained how she’s coping with the awful news

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