Singer's funeral took place in Oxfordshire this afternoon (June 8)
Hundreds of people turned out to pay their respects to The Bee Gees‘ Robin Gibb, whose funeral took place this afternoon (June 8).
The singer was laid to rest in a private service in St Mary’s Church in Thame, Oxfordshire after his coffin was led through the town on a horse-drawn carriage led by a lone piper.
The white, glass-sided carriage, topped with red roses was pulled by four plumed, black Friesian horses and was followed by Gibb’s two Irish wolfhounds, Ollie and Missy, along with friends and family, including his elder brother Barry – now the sole surviving member of The Bee Gees.
During the service, The Bee Gees’ track ‘I Started A Joke’ was played as was ‘Don’t Cry Alone’ – one of his final compositions from his ‘Titanic Requiem’, premiered only weeks before his death.
As well as this service, 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.
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’.