Campaign launched to raise money for Frank Sidebottom creator's funeral

Chris Sievey apparently died with little money in the bank

A campaign to raise money for the funeral of Frank Sidebottom creator Chris Sievey is gathering pace.

The beloved cult comedian apparently died with no assets and little money in the bank, meaning he could face a pauper's funeral.

He died on Monday (June 21) after collapsing at home. He was being treated for cancer.

However, the Manchester Evening News quotes his son Stirling as saying: "My father has not left any money behind and we are struggling to try and sort his funeral out. He spent money as it came in and was always a man for the moment. He never planned ahead. We have spoken to a funeral director and the sort of figures that they are talking about are too high.

"We would not know how to go about getting that sort of money at the moment. They said that applying for a pauper’s funeral would be an option. He would not want us worrying about trying to sort it all out. We would not want our dad to have a pauper’s funeral but we would not want something over the top for him too. Just something simple and dignified."

Responding to the family's plight, fans have rallied round to raise money to pay for the funeral arrangements. A Facebook group called Frank’s Fantastic Funeral has been set up with details of how to donate.

Meanwhile, supporters can track the progress via the Twitter hashtag #franksfund. So far it has raised £7,000.

DJ Mark Radcliffe, who played alongside Sievey in the Frank Sidebottom Oh Blimey Big Band encouraged the campaign: "Something needs to be organized to give Chris the send-off that he deserves. It would be tragic for a man who brought so much enjoyment and laughter to the region to have a pauper’s funeral."

Another group has been set up to try to propel Sidebottom’s recently-recorded World Cup song 'Three Shirts On My Line' to Number One. Campaigners are hoping to get one of the major download sites to host the track.

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