Boyzone’s Keith Duffy is supported by teammate Ronan Keating at his father Séan’s funeral

Grieving, Keith Duffy bade farewell to his “hero” father, Séan, at his funeral Thursday in Glasnevin, Ireland, supported by his family and Boyzone band members Ronan Keating and Shane Lynch.

Earlier this week, the Boyzone singer, 47, announced that his beloved father has passed away at the age of 77.

In a touching praise, Keith explained how his father battled cancer for 18 years, beating him four times, before falling ill with pneumonia and fibrosis as well as Covid shortly after Christmas.

Farewell: Grieving Keith Duffy bids farewell to his “hero” father Séan at his funeral Thursday in Glasnevin, Ireland, supported by his family and Boyzone band members Ronan Keating and Shane Lynch

According to the Irish Sun, Keith said: “For 18 years my dad battled cancer and I remember 18 years on my way to Manchester Airport coming home for the weekend a Friday my brother Derek said to me, “I have some bad news for you. Looks like daddy’s got the big c, and it’s so terrible to hear those words.

“At that point you panic and you get emotional and I remember going to the airport thinking, ‘This is the end’.

“I was devastated and I came home and saw my dad and he was fine. He said, “Don’t worry son, I’m going to fight this. I will fight against this. and he fought it, he did it.

Family: Earlier this week, the Boyzone singer, 47, broke the news that his beloved father had passed away at the age of 77.  Keith and son Jay, 25, wrote heartfelt tribute

Family: Earlier this week, the Boyzone singer, 47, broke the news that his beloved father had passed away at the age of 77. Keith and son Jay, 25, wrote heartfelt tribute

There for him: The Boyzone singer was supported by his bandmate Ronan Keating, 44, who attended mass with his wife Storm, 40, and daughter Missy, 20.

There for him: The Boyzone singer was supported by his bandmate Ronan Keating, 44, who attended mass with his wife Storm, 40, and daughter Missy, 20.

Keith explained how Séan beat cancer four times and was in remission before being “overwhelmed by pneumonia, fibrosis and Covid”.

He said: “It was not a battle like before – it was overpowered. It wasn’t fair, the weights were in place. He had three different opponents to fight at the same time – pneumonia, fibrosis and Covid but he didn’t give up.

“Most people would probably lose this battle after 24 hours, wasn’t my dad as tall as us, I always admired him and now I always will.

Moving: The men took Séan's coffin for the service.  At the funeral, songs Keith's father loved were played including Bridge Over Troubled Water, How Long Will I Love You, and Forever Friend.

Moving: The men took Séan’s coffin for the service. At the funeral, songs Keith’s father loved were played including Bridge Over Troubled Water, How Long Will I Love You, and Forever Friend.

Family: In a touching praise, Keith explained how his father battled cancer for 18 years, beating him four times, before falling ill with pneumonia and fibrosis as well as Covid shortly after Christmas

Family: In a touching praise, Keith explained how his father battled cancer for 18 years, beating him four times, before falling ill with pneumonia and fibrosis as well as Covid shortly after Christmas

Close friendship: Keith hugged Storm as they arrived for the funeral

Close friendship: Keith hugged Storm as they arrived for the funeral

Teammates: Ronan and Shane Lynch were pictured chatting outside the church

Teammates: Ronan and Shane Lynch were pictured chatting outside the church

“He fought this fight for five days and I saw something happen. I looked at the man I always considered a hero, I watched how he fought not only for himself but for us, to stay there for his grandchildren. He didn’t want to go anywhere.

Keith said it was “devastating” to watch his father “fight from hell” but said it was time for him to finally rest.

The singer said Séan passed away “very peacefully” surrounded by Pat, his wife and three sons Keith, John and Derek.

At the funeral, songs Keith’s father loved were played, including Bridge Over Troubled Water, How Long Will I Love You, and Forever Friend.

Heartbreaking: Keith explained how Séan beat cancer four times and was in remission before being

Heartbreaking: Keith explained how Séan beat cancer four times and was in remission before being “overwhelmed by pneumonia, fibrosis and Covid

He was supported by his bandmate Ronan, 44, who attended mass with his wife Storm, 40, and daughter Missy, 20.

Prior to the ceremony, Keith stood at the entrance to the church, greeting close friends and family before the service.

The grieving singer wore a black suit towards his father, Ronan, Storm and Missy also wearing black ensembles.

Shane, 45, was also pictured arriving at church and hugging a friend, before the men took Sean’s coffin away.

Announcing his father’s death on Instagram earlier this week, Keith wrote: “Séan Duffy 1945 – 2022. Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are to announce the passing of our father / grandfather Séan .

Hug: Keith stood at the entrance to the church, greeting close friends and family before the service

Hug: Keith stood at the entrance to the church, greeting close friends and family before the service

Strong bond: Storm and Missy tied their arms while waiting for the funeral to start

Strong bond: Storm and Missy tied their arms while waiting for the funeral to start

Mourning: The grieving singer wore a black suit towards his father, Ronan, Storm and Missy also wearing black ensembles

Mourning: The grieving singer wore a black suit towards his father, Ronan, Storm and Missy also wearing black ensembles

Smile through the pain: Keith showed courage while talking to his friend Brian Ormond

Smile through the pain: Keith showed courage while talking to his friend Brian Ormond

“The bravest, bravest warrior we’ve ever known, and likely ever will know. We miss him so much already. Keith and Jay. X. ‘

Tributes poured in for Séan as people added their messages of love and support in the comments section.

The Boyzone singer and his son Jay, 25, wrote a heartfelt tribute to their father and grandfather by sharing a flurry of photos.

Keith could be seen alongside Jay as they stood alongside Séan in a number of images shared on Instagram.

Keith’s bandmate Ronan commented, “Send all our love.”

Heartfelt: Storm hugged when she arrived for the service with Missy

Heartfelt: Storm hugged when she arrived for the service with Missy

As Brian McFadden added: “What a fighter! What a man!’

Shane added three hearts to the post as he sent his love to Keith and Jay during the tough times.

The singer first expressed his concerns for the father during the first UK lockdown in March 2020.

He added that he would regularly ignore his doctor’s advice and continue to work because he likes to stay active, but explained that he was “not doing well”.

Tribute: Father and son wrote:

Tribute: Father and son wrote: “Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are to announce the passing of our father / grandfather Séan”

Keith told The Sun: “My dad is not doing well right now so he has to take care of himself, but even if he is not doing well my dad would still get up and go to work.

“Before the pandemic he was stuck at home for a few weeks and with the extra weeks of the pandemic he is starting to go mad.

“I think he can’t wait to get out of the house and go for a walk, you know. He’s been telling me for years that he’s 69 so I don’t think he’s telling me the truth anymore. He’s definitely over 70 years old.

Concerns: The singer first expressed his concerns for this father during the first UK lockdown in March 2020

Concerns: The singer first expressed his concerns for this father during the first UK lockdown in March 2020

Concerned: He added that he would regularly ignore his doctor's advice and keep working because he likes to stay active, but explained that he

Concerned: He added that he would regularly ignore his doctor’s advice and continue to work because he likes to stay active, but explained that he “is not doing well”

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