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A DEACON Blue fan who died from coronavirus got the perfect tribute from the band's frontman. 

Lead singer Ricky Ross posted an emotional piano rendition of Deacon Blue's 1987 hit Diginity in tribute to the late superfan Bill Cox.

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Singer-songwriter Ross said Mr Cox’s daughter Melissa had been keeping in touch with updates on her father's illness, and told him that she had played the song to him before he passed away.

Melissa responded to the video, saying: "For my dad who lost his fight today. 

"This means the world to us and it will for dad as well.

"Dad, I will love you forever and always."

Introducing the tribute to Mr Cox, Ross said: "We lost a real friend tonight.

"We heard the news of the death of Bill Cox, who was someone that we got to know, by stepping out of gigs.

“Bill would always be there.

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"He would be there at Deacon Blue gigs and he would be there at my solo shows.

“He would always be there.

“He went to lots and lots of gigs.

"He lost his battle with Covid-19 tonight.

“We've been hearing updates from his daughter Melissa and we're just all terribly sad.

“She told me that before Bill died she played him this song very, very loudly.

“I want to play it for Bill, very quietly.

“This is for Bill Cox."

Posting the tribute on Twitter, Ross added: "A lovely man called Bill Cox regularly met us after gigs.

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“He never asked for requests or favours, he just loved the music.

“We will miss you so much, Bill.

“This is for you."

Dougie Vipond, Deacon Blue’s drummer, posted: “A lovely, gentle in peace Bill.”