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Bee Gees star Robin Gibb's 'final goodbye'

The 62-year-old singer died from kidney failure last month Photo: Reuters

Fans are expected to line the streets to pay their final respects to late Bee Gees star Robin Gibb as his body is taken in a horse-drawn carriage to his funeral in Oxfordshire today.

The 62-year-old singer died from kidney failure last month after fighting cancer and pneumonia and suffering from a serious bowel condition.

A service is due to take place at St Mary's Church in Thame, close to the property in which the Bee Gees singer had lived for many years.

Gibb's coffin will be transported in a glass-sided carriage, after leaving his home it will travel through along the town's high street before then making its way to the church.

His family said that it was his wish to "say a final goodbye to fans and his home town of Thame".

Gibb's music will form an important part of the service. His son RJ has already said that the Bee Gees' hit I Started A Joke will be played at the church.

The track Don't Cry Alone - one of Gibb's final compositions from his Titanic Requiem, which was premiered only weeks before his death - will also be played.

The song features the opening lines:

"If your heart is breaking, I'm yours whatever, I will not forsake you ever, don't cry alone".

– Lyrics from one of Gibb's final composition, 'Don't Cry Alone'

In October 2011, ITV News Correspondent Nina Nannar got the opportunity to interview Robin Gibb when he was being treated for cancer.

Gibb had a hugely successful chart career starting in the early 1960s with his twin Maurice - who died in 2003 - and elder brother Barry with tracks such as Massachusetts and I've Gotta Get A Message To You.

The Bee Gees sign fans' copies of their book in the Liberty store in central London in 1983 Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

But it was their 1970s rebirth during the disco boom which many will remember him for, turning out hits such as Stayin' Alive and Night Fever.

Gibb and his brothers were also prolific writers who forged hits for the likes of Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross.

Maurice, Robin and Barry Gibb. The Bee Gees reunited for a gig at Wembley stadium in 2001 Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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