Deborah Bone passes away after battle with cancer
Andrew Trendell
11:42 2nd January 2015

Tributes have been paid after Deborah Bone, the respected nurse, friend to Jarvis Cocker and supposed inspiration behind Pulp's hit 'Disco 2000', has lost her battle with cancer. 

The 51-one-year-old wife and mother of two from Letchworth was awarded an MBE in the New Year's Honours List for her pioneering work in mental health - after developing the Brainbox device to help young people cope with stress and anxiety. 

Writing on her blog, in which she discussed her life and battle with Myeloma, Deborah said: "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 but we never did get to meet up by the fountain down the road.

"Still the family keep in touch and Kate and I got to join in with the fun and frolics as VIP’s at one of his concerts in Wembley."

Deborah and Cocker's mothers are close friends, leading many to believe she's the inspiration behind the legendary line: "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."

 Watch the video for 'Disco 2000' by Pulp below

Paying tribute to Deborah in The Comet, husband Colin said: “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."

He added: "What made Deborah different from others is once she identified the problem she set about finding answers. With characteristic determination and drive, she went on to create the solution."