Photos: See David Beckham’s Tribute To Kirsty Howard After Her Death At 20 – 16 years After Doctors Gave Her Just Weeks To Live

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Former England captain David Beckham has praised brave Kirsty Howard as ‘an inspiration’ and ‘an amazing fundraiser’ after the 20-year-old, who was only given weeks to live 16 years ago, passed away.  Kirsty captured the hearts of the nation and inspired David Beckham to score the winning goal in a 2002 World Cup qualifier – died earlier today, her family has announced.

In a emotional tribute, Beckham said: ‘Words cannot describe how amazing this young lady has been over the years.’Kirsty has been defying doctors for many years and whilst doing that she has been raising millions of pounds for terminally ill children.’

She had celebrated her 20th birthday only last month.She won a host of famous admirers, including prime ministers, pop stars and Hollywood actors. b

Cute: The then-six-year-old is seen in 2002 smiling alongside Victoria Beckham, whom she reduced to tearsTouching: Kirsty, who was born with a back-to-front heart, won legions of fans in 2001 when she accompanied Beckham onto the pitch with her oxygen tank as the mascot for England's World Cup qualifier against Greece

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