Inspirational Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams, whose son Kevin was just 15 when he died at Hillsborough, has passed away.
Anne was diagnosed with terminal cancer last October, shortly after the findings of the Hillsborough Independent Panel Report in September. She passes away aged 62.
Anne dedicated her life to proving the truth about Kevin’s death, refusing to collect his death certificate of “accidental death”. Anne took her case to the European Court of Human Rights but was refused a new inquest for her son.
In December last year she was able to travel to the High Court to see the verdicts of accidental death quashed. Witnesses had told how Kevin had asked for his mum 45 minutes after the original 3.15pm cut-off.
Tributes were paid to Anne on twitter:
The thoughts of everyone at Everton are with the family of Anne Williams, who sadly passed away this morning. RIP Anne #jft96
— Official Everton (@Everton) April 18, 2013
Liverpool Football Club was this morning saddened to hear of the death of prominent Hillsborough campaigner Anne Williams. RIP Anne.
— Liverpool FC(@LFC) April 18, 2013
Terribly sad to hear about Anne Williams, an amazing and inspirational person. Her courage in the fight for justice is a lesson to us all
— Joe Anderson (@joeforliverpool) April 18, 2013
— bbcmerseyside (@bbcmerseyside) April 18, 2013
So sad to hear about the death of Anne Williams RIP
— Andy Carroll (@AndyTCarroll) April 18, 2013
RIP Anne Williams, the strength and fight she has shown for 24 years makes her the true Iron Lady #RIPAnneWilliams
— Terry McDermott (@TerryMac777) April 18, 2013
Anne Williams gave everything in pursuit of justice. It’s up to us to carry the fight for her now. #JFT96
— Liam Tomkins (@liam_tomkins) April 18, 2013
Sad to learn that the remarkable Anne Williams has passed away. So strong, so determined in face of immense opposition. #RIPAnne
— Matt Owen (@_Matt_Owen_) April 18, 2013
Link to a piece I’ve written about Anne Williams who died today.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-englan…
— Judith Moritz (@JudithMoritz) April 18, 2013
Very sad news about Anne Williams. The tragedy within the tragedy is that people like Anne are passing away before justice is served.
— Daniel Nicolson (@danielnicolson) April 18, 2013
Rest In Peace Anne, Justice will be done.