Son, 19, of disabled artist who posed with him in front of Trafalgar Square Fourth plinth is found dead when tribute is paid to the & # 39; friendly, loving, beautiful boy & # 39;
- Alison Lapper & # 39; s son Parys Lapper, 19, died a week ago & # 39; suddenly & # 39;
- He was one of the 25 young people who participated in Child of Our Time TV series that mapped out his life during his first 20 years
- Disabled artist Mrs. Lapper, 54, posed for Marc Quinn in 2000 in front of a marble statue on the fourth plinth of Trafalgar Square
- Parys was described as & # 39; naughty, generous, kind, loving & # 39;
An image of her being pregnant after seven months became one of the country's most famous works of art when it appeared on Trafalgar Square on the fourth plinth.
But a little over a decade later, disabled artist Alison Lapper was left destroyed after her teenage son Parys was found dead.
The news was confirmed by Miss Lapper & # 39; s fiancé Si Clift, who said, "Tragically, Parys Lapper, who was only 19 years old, suddenly died a week ago." He gave no further details of death.
Miss Lapper, born without arms and with short legs, posed for Marc Quinn in 2000 and his marble statue was on Trafalgar Square from 2005 to the end of 2007.
Alison Lapper & # 39; s fiancee Si Clift has confirmed that Alison & # 39; s son Parys (photo), who was only 19 years old, suddenly died a week ago. He no longer provided details
"Alison Lapper Pregnant" was praised for seeing the most powerful work by a British artist in decades, and a large replica during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Miss Lapper, 54, from Brighton, never mentioned the father of Parys, who left her before he was born.
Despite great opposition, she fought to raise him alone, because she had been abandoned by her parents as a child and grew up in institutions.
"When I saw him, I just cried and cried," Alison said movingly after Parys was born at 35 weeks in 2000
"When I saw him, I cried and I cried," she said moved after his birth after 35 weeks in 2000.
"The emotions I felt could not be described. I never thought I'd become a mother, I never thought it would be possible. But when they placed it on my shoulder and I gave him a little kiss on his head and said "hello," I was overwhelmed. "
Pary & # 39; s life was viewed by millions of BBC viewers in the acclaimed documentary series Child of Our Time, presented by professor Robert Winston.
The idea was to map the lives of 25 young people until they reached their 20th birthday. Parys is the only one of the 25 who died before he reached that milestone.
Miss Lapper, who overcame her handicap in obtaining a first-class degree in visual arts at Brighton University and forging a career as an artist herself, received an MBE for services to art in 2003. In an emotional speech in 2014, when she received an honorary doctorate in Brighton, she described Parys as & # 39; my greatest work of art and creation & # 39 ;.
Clift described Parys as "a naughty, generous, kind, loving, frustrating, cheeky, forgiving, beautiful boy." He added: "He was his own husband. He was a good son. & # 39;
Miss Lapper had initially refused to pose for Quinn, concerned about how he would depict a disability, but agreed after he claimed that many of the largest sculptures lack limbs.
Miss Lapper, born without arms and with short legs, posed for Marc Quinn in 2000 and his marble statue was on Trafalgar Square from 2005 to the end of 2007
The fourth plinth, intended to hold a statue of King William IV, was vacant for 150 years before it became a showcase for a rolling series of artworks from 1999.
The funeral for Parys is held on Thursday at Worthing Crematorium. Clift called on local motorcyclists to participate in the motorcycle fan parade.
He added: "Ali has expressed a sweet wish that she would absolutely like to see as many noisy engines as possible to accompany Parys on his last trip from her home to celebrate his life."
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