Linda Lusardi has launched an online memorial for the victims of coronavirus following the death of close friend Eddie Large.
The former Page 3 model, 61, has set up the free platform titled Rainbow Remembers alongside Eddie’s son Ryan.
Linda, who herself was hospitalised last month with Covid-19, is now encouraging people to pay tribute to their lost loved ones using the site.
Tribute: Linda Lusardi, 61, has launched an online memorial for the victims of coronavirus following the death of close friend Eddie Large
Speaking to The Daily Star, she said: ‘My children could have been putting me on that site. We want this to honour people who weren’t as lucky as me.
‘I do find the stories really sad, some of them have made me cry. But it has been providing some comfort to those who have lost loved ones.
‘It helps them knowing they are registered on this site and they will always be there.’
Linda was spurred on after comedian Eddie Large, 78, died last month after contracting coronavirus while being treated in hospital for heart failure.
Tragic: Linda was spurred on after her friend Eddie Large, 78, who died last month after contracting coronavirus while being treated in hospital for heart failure (pictured in 2017)
Battle: The former Page 3 model was hospitalised in March alongside husband Sam Kane, 51, after displaying symptoms of the virus, which left her at ‘death’s door
She told the newspaper: ‘Eddie was vibrant and lively and full of fun… He had heart problems in the past but he went in for a routine operation and didn’t come back out. I can’t believe it, it was shocking.’
She also paid tribute to the TV legend on social media at the time of his unexpected death.
The mother-of-two wrote: ‘We are devastated at the news that our wonderful friend Eddie Large has died from the virus. Our love and best wishes go to his beautiful wife Patsy and his family.’
Linda was herself recently hospitalised alongside husband Sam Kane, 51, after suffering severe symptoms, which left her at ‘death’s door’.
Doctors have since told her that it could be three months or more until she returns to full health.
It comes after she told talkRADIO she felt like she wanted to die due to the severity of her condition.
Traumatic: Linda (pictured in 2012 with husband Sam) said: ‘It’s nothing you can explain to people because unless you’ve been there, you think, “how could you know that”, but you can almost feel your organs failing’
She said: ‘You get in a mindset where you almost want to go because it’s so uncomfortable and painful and you feel so bad.
‘I said to the ambulance lady, if you don’t take me in I’m going to die in this bed. I knew I would.
‘I think I probably had another 24 hours, 48 hours maybe, and I would have gone because I felt like my body was dying.
‘It’s nothing you can explain to people because unless you’ve been there, you think, “how could you know that”, but you can almost feel your organs failing.
‘You just lie back and think , “I have to give in, I give in, you’re going to take me”.’