Britain’s Got Talent star Paula Moulton has died ‘suddenly’ aged fifty-two.
Strictly Wheels, which she co-founded, shared the news on their Facebook page.
“We are devastated to announce the sudden passing of our co-founder Paula,” their statement read, via The Mirror.
“Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this extremely sad time.
“Paula’s legacy will always live in our memories from her utter joy of dance.”
Fans of Britain’s Got Talent will know that she starred in the show’s 2012 series alongside friend Gary Lyness. They performed to the tune of Empire State of Mind by Alicia Keys, and left the judges stunned.
“That was amazing, you turned what might’ve been a negative, into a positive,” David Walliams said after their performance.
Amanda Holden said: “Your control and the way you move in that wheelchair is fantastic.”
The duo went on to reach the semi-finals, dancing to Olly Murs’ Dance With Me Tonight.
Paula’s journey was marked by courage and resilience. Following a bout of pneumonia, she contracted MRSA, resulting in severe damage to her pelvis, lower spine, hips, and femurs.
Despite these challenges, Paula remained undeterred, acknowledging in a 2012 interview that she was lucky to be alive after such a severe infection and septicaemia.
Adjusting to life in a wheelchair was initially a relief for Paula. The change alleviated her exhaustion and the harm caused by her attempts to move using crutches.
Her determination saw her use her new circumstances not as a limitation, but as a platform to demonstrate her talents and inspire others.
Before her memorable stint on BGT, Paula worked as a social worker and started competitive dancing with her partner Gary. Their journey together added a new chapter to Paula’s inspirational life story.