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Hundreds attend vigil for Katy Perry fan Sophie Birtles

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Media captionTribute held for Sophie Birtles who got superstar message

Hundreds of people have attended a candlelit vigil for a 13-year-old girl from the Isle of Man who died from a rare genetic disorder.

Sophie Birtles from Douglas died at a children's hospice in Braddan on 8 June after losing her battle with Juvenile Sandhoff Disease.

A message recorded for her by American pop star Katy Perry was shared by thousands of people on social media.

Referencing one of her biggest hits, Perry said Sophie "was a firework."

'Very inspirational'

The American singer recorded the personal message after Sophie's dying wish went viral with the #youreafireworksophie.

Hundreds of well-wishers attended the candlelit tribute on Douglas promenade on Tuesday evening which also saw the Tower of Refuge lit in Sophie's favourite colour pink.

Debbie Pitts from the children's hospice who cared for Sophie said she was a "very inspirational young girl."

She said she was "feisty, amazing and mischievous."

Her funeral was held in the Isle of Man on Wednesday.

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Media captionSuperstar Katy Perry responded to a campaign on Social Media in May

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