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National treasure Paul O’Grady’s funeral date and details have been revealed following his tragic death earlier last month.
The comedian died "unexpectedly but peacefully" aged just 67 on March 28, with his husband Andre Portasio announcing the news in a sad statement.
On Saturday (April 15), it was confirmed his cause of death was from a heart attack at his family home in Adlington, near Ashford.
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Paul’s widow Andre has now shared the details of Paul’s funeral, which will take place on Thursday afternoon (20th April) at his home village in Kent.
Locals have been invited to pay their respects the TV star and watch as his cortege passes through Aldington Village before heading to the church.
In the post, Andre released a new picture of Paul smiling broadly while wearing white angel wings.
He wrote: "I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of support and love I have received since the passing of our beloved Paul O'Grady.
"Your kind messages, beautiful flowers, and thoughtful texts of condolences have brought me comfort and solace during this difficult time.
"I'm incredibly grateful for the support and love I have received from our community, and we want to thank each and every one of you for your kindness and generosity.
“As a mark of respect and as Paul would have wanted, we will be holding a private funeral on Thursday, 20th April 2023.
“This information has not been made public, but I wanted to share it with local residents. While the funeral will be a private ceremony, as many of you know, Paul cared a lot about his local community.
"We have therefore requested that the funeral procession passes through Aldington before heading to the church, as a way of marking Paul's affection for the area.
“We would therefore like to invite all locals to join us in paying our respects to Paul in Aldington Village between 14:10 – 14:45 on Thursday.
Andre continued: “In order to avoid road congestion and public disorder, we kindly ask all residents to treat this invitation personally and if attending to stand on either Roman Road, Forge Hill, or New Road Hill so to respect the villagers and the local area.
"Please note for public safety Church Road as well as Knoll Hill will be closed on the day of the procession. We kindly ask everyone to respect the family's wishes and maintain social distancing throughout the event.
"Thank you for your understanding and support during this difficult time."
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