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Mental health worker Deborah - who inspired Pulp song Disco 2000 - dies after learning of MBE

Deborah Bone pictured with her friend Jarvis Cocker. Credit:

Mental health nurse Deborah Bone - said to have inspired Pulp's Disco 2000 song - died shortly after she learned she had been awarded an MBE, her family has announced.

A childhood friend of Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker in Sheffield, her name is frequently referenced in the band's hit single which reached number 7 in 1995:

Well we were born within one hour of each other. Our mothers said we could be sister and brother.

Your name is Deborah. Deborah. It never suited ya.

Oh they thought that when we grew up we'd get married, never split up.

We never did it although often I thought of it.

Oh Deborah do you recall?

– Disco 2000, Pulp

Cocker is said to have performed the song at Deborah's 50th birthday party last year.

In a section about her life on her website, she wrote:

Born in Sheffield, my claim to fame is growing up and sleeping with Jarvis Cocker, well someone had to do it, and it was all perfectly innocent!

I have been told and like to believe that I am the Deborah in the No.1 hit Disco 2000.

– Deborah Bone

The mental health nurse was recognised in the New Year Honours list, released just hours after her death earlier this week.

She had been battling a form of bone marrow cancer.

Deborah's name as it appears on the 2015 Honours List.

Her husband Colin told the Stevenage Comet:

Learning Deborah had been awarded an MBE was a very emotional experience. Her first thoughts characteristically were for the other people who helped to make her achievements possible.

I shall be so proud to attend the MBE award ceremony on her behalf accompanied by her daughter Pollyanna who is following in her mother’s footsteps working for the NHS and already achieving national recognition.

– Colin Bone

Writing on Deborah's website, her family said:

We are sorry to let you know that after a brave fight, Deborah passed away on December 30th, peacefully at home. She loved life and fought to the end.

Deborah was a truly inspirational woman, always putting other people before herself.

She worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those around her and it is with great pride we can tell you that in the New Years honours list 2015 she received an MBE for her services to children’s mental health.

– Colin, Pollyanna and Jemima