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Westlife's Shane Filan devastated as dad dies 10 months after his mum

Albertina Lloyd
·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK
·3-min read
BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 13: Irish singer/songwriter Shane Filan of Irish pop vocal group Westlife performs during their concert 'The Twenty Tour' at Cadillac Arena on August 13, 2019 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Visual China Group via Getty Images/Visual China Group via Getty Images)
Westlife's Shane Filan is heartbroken at the death of his father. (Getty Images)

Westlife’s Shane Filan has been left heartbroken at the death of his father, Peter.

The 41-year-old Irish singer shared his grief with his fans on social media, just 10 months after he lost his mother Mae, in December 2019.

Filan posted on Instagram: “Yesterday Sunday the 4th of October my heart was broken. I lost the most important man in my entire life, my dad Peter.

"He was my best friend, my guidance through life and an absolutely amazing father. He was my hero.

"He died peacefully in his sleep in the amazing care of the medical team of St Vincent's Hospital, Hawthorne Ward and my brother Peter.

"I can't thank the staff of St Vincent's Hospital enough, for the incredible care they all gave him over this last year."

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He went on: "I'd also like to say thank you to all the Westlife fans and friends around the world for all your lovely kind messages at this very sad time. His funeral will be private to family due to all the current restrictions and safety.

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"For those who would like to do something in his memory you can make a small donation to cancertrials.ie for other families in the future.

"He was one of a kind and will now be reunited with the love of his life of 55 years, my mum Mae. Together forever. Thank you. Love always, Shane & Family."

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008 file photo members of Irish band Westlife, from left, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan pose after performing at the South Bank Show Awards in London. After 14 years as one of Ireland's most successful boy bands, Westlife announced their split Thursday Oct. 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, file)
Shane Filan has the support of his Westlife bandmates. (AP)

The Flying Without Wings singer also shared a picture of himself with his father, both dressed up in tuxedos, and a picture of his parents together at a Westlife concert in Croke Park, Dublin.

Boyzone’s Keith Duffy shared his condolences, commenting: “Prayers with you.”

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Filan revealed last year that his mother had passed away on 15 December 2019, which he called “the saddest day of my life”.

Filan’s bandmate Kian Egan was also among those to send condolences.

He wrote on Instagram: “We will be there for you brother through this very sad time. She was an amazing woman.”

Filan married his childhood sweetheart Gillian Walsh in 2003. They have three children – Nicole, 15, Patrick, 12, and Shane, 10.

Bryan McFadden, left, poses with the remaining members of Westlife, starting second from left, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne, Shane Filan and Kian Egan, after announcing his departure from the group during a press conference in Dublin Tuesday March 9, 2004. The four remaining band members have vowed to press on without McFadden, but some believe his announcement could mark the end for the band. (AP Photo/John Cogill)
Westlife formed in 1999 with Brian McFadden, left, a part of the boyband. (AP)

Westlife – Filan, Egan, Mark Feehily, Nicky Byrne and Brian McFadden – were originally signed by Simon Cowell, managed by Louis Walsh and rose to fame in 1999.

McFadden quit in 2004 and the group split in 2012. The remaining members reunited in 2018 as a four piece.

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