The boyfriend of Dean Eastmond has paid an emotional tribute to the late journalist and LGBT campaigner after he tragically lost his battle with cancer over the weekend.

Adam Packer described his former partner as the “lip-syncing twinkle in my eye” as he appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme to discuss Dean’s legacy after the 21-year-old passed away at home on Sunday morning (September 3).

Dean was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma – a type soft bone tissue cancer that generally affects children and young people – in June 2016, before using his own experiences to fight ongoing LGBT discrimination in the healthcare system.

As he bravely fought the disease, the young student and writer documented his experiences with unflinching honesty in a popular online blog as well as the queer magazine he helped to found, HISKIND.

Wearing his late boyfriend’s jumper, Adam told the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire of the inspiration Dean had provided others battling terminal illness.

“Dean wanted people, through the cancer column, to have somewhere accessible and first-hand about a cancer experience,” Adam said.

“I think dean gave that really frank and honest view through his writing and through his column, which gave him power.”

He also discussed the lasting mark Dean left on the LGBT community, and the couple’s memories of attending the Attitude Pride Awards in London in June, where Dean was honoured with an award for his campaigning work.

“Just before Dean had to restart chemotherapy he was awarded this prize. It was beautiful day and we have some wonderful memories of that day,” he said.

“It was also quite poignant that it was also the last weekend before he returned to chemotherapy, which was the start of the worst couple of weeks and months.

“He did good,” he added.  “He did do good.”

Tributes have been flooding in for Dean from across the world since the young activist’s death. You can learn more about his heroic journey below:

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