Paul O’Grady’s family have thanked the public for the outpouring of love and support following his funeral.
On Friday, the late comedian and presenter, who died last month aged 67, was farewelled in Kent.
His funeral was attended by his family, including husband Andre Portasio, close friends and family, and his daughter Sharon Mousley, who was accompanied by a younger boy carrying the wig famously worn by Lily Savage.
His funeral got underway with hundreds of fans lining the streets to pay their respects to the beloved entertainer.
Now his loved ones have thanked everyone for taking the time to show their love for the late star.
‘Yesterday was a very sad day. We said goodbye to our beloved Paul O’Grady,’ a post shared to his social media accounts read.
‘We thank everyone who despite the weather came to pay their respects at the procession, humans and furry friends. He would have been very humbled.
‘The outpouring of love and kindness over the last three weeks has been truly amazing.’
The post was accompanied by three photos – one of a framed picture of Paul alongside a bouquet of white lilies, the horse and carriage that carried his coffin through the streets of his adopted hometown, and of staff members of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home with puppies on the streets of Aldington.
The post was flooded with comments by fans, many who said that while they never met Paul, his loss was keenly felt.
‘There’s hasn’t been a celebrity death yet that has affected me like Paul’s. I am surprisingly very upset and shed a tear yesterday and seeing his furry friends finished me off. R.I.P Paul, a true national treasure,’ one person wrote.
‘Never in my life have I cried about someone I didn’t know but I cried about Paul,’ someone else said.
Another added: ‘Even though I never had the absolute pleasure of meeting the amazing Paul himself he always came across as a down to earth, properly grounded human being. His love of dogs/animals is a testament to that.’
The For The Love Of Dogs star died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’ on March 28 at the age of 67, with his cause of death later revealed to be a cardiac arrhythmia.
He was laid to rest at a private congregation, with his coffin placed by the grave of his former partner Brendan Murphy, who died in 2005.
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