Manchester attack victim Martyn Hett once won hearts with mom’s knitting story

As the world learned more about the victims of the Manchester concert attack, one name began to sound familiar. It turns out that Martyn Hett, who was killed in the tragedy on Monday, was a dedicated son whose efforts to promote his mom’s knitting business became a viral sensation last year.

The 29-year-old British writer and public relations manager was among the victims identified in the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert. The attack killed 22 people and left at least 59 others hospitalized.

Martyn Hakan Hett / Facebook

“We are heartbroken,” said the brother of Martyn Hett, a Manchester bombing victim who was behind a sweet TODAY story involving his mother last year.

Friends initially reported Hett missing after they were separated from him inside the concert arena. His family confirmed Hett’s death on social media.

“They found my brother last night. We are heartbroken,” Dan Hett wrote on Twitter.

Martyn Hett first came to the attention of many TODAY viewers last year after he used Twitter to give a huge boost to his mother, who had failed to sell any of her handicraft merchandise at a charity art fair.

Hett tweeted that it broke his heart to see his mother so sad, prompting an avalanche of interest and sales on his mother’s online business site. Soon, her items began selling out.

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