Boyzone star Keith Duffy pays tribute to late father by singing at funeral as he’s supported by bandmates

Keith Duffy shared the sad news of his father’s death (Picture: @officialkeithduffy)

Boyzone star Keith Duffy paid tribute to his late father Sean in the sweetest way, by singing Frank Sinatra’s My Way at his funeral.

The 47-year-old star, who lost his dad to cancer, delivered a eulogy as his Boyzone bandmates supported him.

He described his father, who died at the age of 78, as ‘a bigger man than [he] will ever meet.’

Keith added: ‘We’re all going to go someday and it’s never going to be nice but for 18 years my dad has fought cancer.

‘And fight it he did and he went on to beat it, which is quite amazing, but unfortunately it came back again. He beat it four times. On the Wednesday before Christmas, Sean got the results from his most recent PET scan.

‘His oncologist turned to him and said, “Wow Sean, you’re unbelievable. 18 years later and yet again you’re in remission, you’re some fighter”. He’s a bigger man than any I’ll ever meet.’

According to the Irish Mirror newspaper, he went on: ‘He didn’t give up. Most people would probably lose that battle after 24 hours, but my dad didn’t.

Keith’s bandmates supported him (Picture: WireImage)

‘He fought that fight and he fought it for five days and I watched something happen. I watched the man that I always considered a hero fight not for himself, but for us, to try and stay around for his grandchildren, he didn’t want to go anywhere.’

Keith shared the sad news of his father’s death in a post on Instagram with photos of Sean throughout his life and posing with Keith and the singer’s son Jay.

In the caption, the popstar wrote: ‘Sean Duffy. 1945 – 2022.

‘Words cannot describe how heartbroken we are to announce the passing of our father/grandfather Sean. The most courageous and brave warrior we’ve ever known and probably will ever know.

‘We already miss him so much. Keith & Jay. X.’ 

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In a separate Instagram story, Keith posted another picture, writing ‘my hero, my idol, my da’. 

His Boyzone bandmates, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham, shared the love and supported him.

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