Donnie Wahlberg on the Passing of his Friend Gaffa: “Your Story Will be Told, as Promised”

Donnie said goodbye to his dearest friend Michael Hoey (Gaffa) with a touching a letter on Instagram.

Donnie said goodbye to his dearest friend Michael Hoey (Gaffa) with a touching a letter on Instagram.

Mr. Hoey had been battling Stage 4 cirrhosis of the liver; in 2018, he received a transplant thanks to an anonymous donor and Donnie helped raising money to cover the organ donors’ lost wages over the recovery period.

“I haven’t even had a chance to cry yet, because every memory of you that pops into my head makes me laugh the purest of laughs,” Donnie wrote on Instagram after Mr. Hoey’s passing.

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With a series of photos with “Gaffa”, Donnie honored Mr. Hoey’s memory – and their friendship – saying, “In my lowest days you were there without question. In my most vulnerable moments you would listen without judgment. In my darkest times you reminded me how to light my own way. All while never ever asking for anything for yourself. I tell the world to “live life to the fullest” — not sure they know that you are someone who inspired me to do that very thing. Every single day.”

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Dear Michael aka “Gaffa” — Anything I write in your memory, will never come close to adding up to the memories I’ve shared with you. I haven’t even had a chance to cry yet, because every memory of you that pops into my head makes me laugh the purest of laughs. You were truly “one of a kind”, Gaffa. We have a tendency to lift people up really high when they are gone — but I could never lift you up high enough. In truth, I can’t even process that you are really gone. I keep waiting for you to pop up and scare the crap out of me again, like only you could do. I could never repay you, or thank you, for always being the truest of friends to me. In my lowest days you were there without question. In my most vulnerable moments you would listen without judgment. In my darkest times you reminded me how to light my own way. All while never ever asking for anything for yourself. I tell the world to “live life to the fullest” — not sure they know that you are someone who inspired me to do that very thing. Every single day. I will never forget all those times when we’d be so full of gratitude, that we’d stop and take a picture to remind us to never forget the feeling. I will continue to take those pauses, alone now, but I will be thankful for more than the blessing of another day when I do — I’ll be thankful for having had the gift of a fiend like you. I promise to never waste a day or a moment brother. I’ll see you on the other side. Save some fish for me. Love you forever, my friend. ❤️ #RIPGaffa aka Michael Hoey The only and only — Gaffa! 🙏🏼 ps — your story will be told, as promised.

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Our condolences to Mr. Hoey’s family and friends.

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