Ashley Cain’s daughter Azaylia lost her battle with acute myeloid leukaemia in April, when she was just eight months old. The star has paid tribute to his late child in an emotional speech as friends and family gathered beside her grave to remember her
Ashley Cain paid tribute to his late daughter Azaylia as he gathered friends and family around her grave to mark what would have been her first birthday.
Azaylia sadly lost her battle with leukemia on April 25 at just eight-months-old and she would have turned one this week.
Grieving dad Ex on the Beach star Ashley and his partner Safiyya Vorajee honoured their much-missed daughter as they brought their loved ones together to celebrate her life in a touching ceremony.
Mourners gathered around her gravesite, referred to as Azaylia’s garden, which was adorned with flowers, balloons and gifts.
The former footballer the read a moving speech as he was surrounded by loved ones holding colourful balloons.
“Azaylia Diamond Cain, what a human being,” the doting dad began his touching tribute.
“Inspired the world during such a tough time – not only us but the entire world,” the 30-year-old continued in his moving speech.
“She changed the world and will continue to change the world with her legacy.”
Ashley went on to thank his loved ones for coming out to celebrate his child’s first birthday, as they all held a variety of balloons ready to release into the air as a tribute to Azaylia.
Earlier in the day, the heartbroken father took to his own social media to wish his dearly departed daughter a happy birthday.
“You brought love, happiness and hope to not only your family, but an entire world who was locked up and locked down,” the star wrote in a lengthy caption to his 1.9 million followers on Instagram.
“A true inspiration that showed people they can be strong, brave and fight through anything life throws at them… And do it all with a smile on their face!” he continued in the moving piece.
Ashley and Safiyya welcomed Azaylia to the world in August 2020 but sadly, the tot was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia at just eight weeks old.
Prior to her death, the former Coventry FC footballer star set up a GoFundMe to raise money for treatment in Singapore, and managed to get more than £1.6million in donations – but sadly, the family were told that her condition was too rare for it to work.
Last month, the Ex on the Beach star hit back at cruel trolls who wrongly accused the grieving parents of spending the cash raised thanks to the fundraiser.
- National Covid-19 NHS Bereavement Helpline 0800 2600 400
- The Good Grief Trust thegoodgrieftrust.org
- Cruse Bereavement Care 0808 808 1677 cruse.org.uk
- Bereavement Trust 0800 435 455 bereavement-trust.org.uk
- Child Bereavement UK 0800 02 888 40 childbereavementuk.org
“Stop deleting comments when people ask you why you aren’t returning the 1.5 million pounds you asked for despite driving supercars continuously and always having designer products,” one uninformed troll told the dad on social media.
Ashley took the time to set the record straight, telling the cruel commenter that he and partner Safiyya are working to set up a charity in Azaylia’s name using the money raised.
“Thank you for your concern. I haven’t deleted any comments. In fact today I thought it would be beneficial to actually reply back to some people,” the former footballer began in his reply.
“I actually got rid of my car to support me and my family through extra outgoings being in hospital. And I haven’t been driving round in any super cards [sic] as I’ve been too busy taking care of my daughter and recently mourning her passing,” he added.