His coffin will travel in a glass-sided carriage through the streets of Thame in Oxfordshire
The Bee Gees‘ Robin Gibb is set to say a ‘final goodbye’ to his fans, as his coffin is transported through his hometown tomorrow (June 8).
Before the star’s private funeral service, which is set to take place at St Mary’s Church in Oxfordshire, Gibb’s coffin will travel in a glass-sided carriage, drawn by four horses, through the town of Thame.
A statement released by Gibb’s family – via the Daily Express – said: “At his wish, he will say a final goodbye to fans and his hometown of Thame this Friday prior to the funeral.”
Gibb will also be honoured with a public memorial event at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral in September.
Gibb died after a lengthy battle with cancer on May 20. The legendary singer, who was 62, had been battling liver and colon cancer in recent years. After making what he had described as a “spectacular recovery”, a secondary tumour had developed.
His son, Robin-John Gibb, has revealed that it was kidney failure, however, which was the cause of his father’s death, saying: “He was… dosed with sedatives to deal with the side effects of his chemotherapy and his liver just couldn’t process them. He deteriorated to the point where it started to affect his kidneys as well… It was a really sudden downturn.”
Robin Gibb’s career in music began when he formed The Bee Gees with his brothers Barry and Maurice in 1958. The group went onto to enjoy success spanning six decades, notching up more than 200 million record sales thanks to hits such as ‘Stayin’ Alive’ and ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’.