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Pulp's Disco 2000 inspiration, Deborah Bone, dies aged 51

Jarvis Cocker
Image caption Deborah Bone was a childhood friend of Pulp lead singer, Jarvis Cocker

The woman who inspired Pulp's hit song Disco 2000 has died shortly after being appointed an MBE.

Deborah Bone, 51, from Letchworth, Hertfordshire was a childhood friend of lead singer Jarvis Cocker in Sheffield. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.

The 1995 Britpop hit contains the lyric: "Your name is Deborah. Deborah. It never suited ya."

The nurse received an MBE for services to children's mental health in the New Year Honours list.

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Image caption Deborah Bone, who was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in January 2013, used an online blog to document her battle with multiple myeloma

Mental health professional Mrs Bone led the Step 2 young people's health programme in Stevenage and created the BrainBox, a resource for improving emotional and mental wellbeing for both children and adults.

Cocker reportedly sang Disco 2000 at her 50th birthday party.

The lyrics also include the line: "Well we were born within one hour of each other. Our mothers said we could be sister and brother."

'Truly inspirational'

Mrs Bone, who was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer in January 2013, used an blog to document her battle with multiple myeloma.

In a statement on the site, her family said she died at her home on 30 December "after a brave fight".

"She loved life and fought to the end," it said.

"Deborah was a truly inspirational woman, always putting other people before herself.

"She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those around her."

David Parke, children's services team leader at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust, said the Step 2 team was "deeply saddened", but would "drive forward Deborah's legacy with renewed invigoration as Deborah would expect and want us to do".

Mr Parke said: "Deborah's energy, passion, dedication and enthusiasm was both inspirational and contagious to all who met her.

"She touched so many peoples' lives both professionally and collegiately with her caring and compassionate nature."

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