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Lynsey de Paul, Famed English Performer, Donated Organs After Death

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By    |   Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 08:35 AM

Lynsey De Paul, the award-winning English singer/songwriter who died of a brain hemorrhage last week, saved three lives through organ donations, her brother John Rubin told family and friends at her funeral Tuesday.

The 64-year-old had signed up to be an organ donor before her death, according to The Independent.

"I am extremely proud to say that, even in death, she gave three people the chance of life," Rubin told mourners at the funeral.

De Paul scored five Top 20 United Kingdom hits, including "Sugar Me" and "Getting a Drag" in 1972, and "Won't Somebody Dance With Me" in 1973. BBC News said she was the first woman to capture the Ivor Novello award for songwriting, winning the honor in 1973 and 1974.

"She became a huge star but she was also a loyal and generous friend," TV personality Esther Rantzen, who worked with de Paul on the BBC One series "Hearts of Gold," told The Independent. "It's an absolutely tragic loss."

Funeral attendees included singer Suzi Quatro, actors Tom Conti, John Alderton, and his wife Pauline Collins, and children' show host Ed "Stewpot" Stewart.

"Although she was small in stature, she was very big in positive personality. She was always so positive about everything," agent Michael Joyce told the Express of de Paul, who stood just under 5-feet tall.

De Paul was also politically active, even penning and performing a song for the Conservative Party conference in 1983. She was also an avid women's rights activist, speaking out against domestic violence and encouraging self-defense in a DVD for women in later years.

"She was a renaissance woman," Rantzen told the Express. "She could do everything — sing, compose — she was an immensely talented artist. She became a huge star but she was also a loyal and generous friend. It's an absolutely tragic loss."

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