Gary Barlow and wife Dawn plan "beautiful funeral" for stillborn daughter Poppy

Devastated Gary Barlow and wife Dawn plan 'beautiful funeral' for stillborn daughter Poppy

Couple released statement announcing tragic news that daughter Poppy was stillborn

Said 'Our focus now is giving her a beautiful funeral and loving our three children with all our hearts'

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08:02 GMT, 7 August 2012

Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have announced the devastating news that their fourth child was delivered stillborn on Saturday.

The pair broke the news in a statement as they revealed they are now planning a 'beautiful funeral' for their daughter Poppy.

'Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we’ve lost our baby,' their statement began.

'Poppy Barlow was delivered stillborn
on August 4th in London. Our focus now is giving her a beautiful
funeral and loving our three children with all our hearts. We’d ask at this painful time that our privacy be respected.'

Devastated: Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn announced the sad news that their daughter was delivered stillborn on Saturday

Devastated: Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn announced the sad news that their daughter was delivered stillborn on Saturday

The couple – who have been married for
12 years – revealed in April this year that they were excited to be
expecting another girl.

According to The Sun, the pair are 'in pieces' following the tragic news eight and half months into the pregnancy.

Gary and Dawn are no doubt spending
this difficult time with their three children, Daniel, 11, and daughters
Emily, nine, and Daisy, three.

And while the British star is expected to make a public appearance at the Olympic closing ceremony this Sunday, it is at the moment unclear whether or not these plans will change.

Gary first announced the pregnancy via his Twitter page in February, saying: 'My wife and I are expecting our 4th child #Anotherowngoal.'

Loving them with all their hearts: Gary, pictured here with his son Daniel last year, is spending time with his eldest and his two daughters Emily and Daisy

Loving them with all their hearts: Gary, pictured here with his son Daniel last year, is spending time with his eldest and his two daughters Emily and Daisy

As
congratulations from his 1.3 million followers flooded in, he tweeted:
'What a lovely bunch you are.Thank you for all your kind messages.We are
a very excited family.'

The tragic news comes less than two weeks after Gary's bandmate, Mark Owen, welcomed his third child into the world with wife Emma.

The couple were spotted out and about with Fox India just 12 days after she was born.

'Our focus is on loving our three children with all our hearts': Gary and Dawn are parents to Daniel, Emily and Daisy

'Our focus is on loving our three children with all our hearts': Gary and Dawn are parents to Daniel, Emily and Daisy

The pair have no doubt sent their condolences to Gary and Dawn, along with his fellow Take That bandmates, Robbie Williams, Jason Orange and Howard Donald.

Robbie and his wife Ayda are also expecting a child together after announcing the news in May this year.

Famous friends of the couple have taken
to Twitter to ensure that their thoughts are with Gary and his family at
this difficult time.

Gary's Take That band mates have no doubt sent their condolences to the singer

Gary's Take That band mates have no doubt sent their condolences to the singer

Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote: 'Dearest Dawn & Gary, Madeleine & I are devastated about news of Poppy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.'

Meanwhile, X Factor boyband JLS posted: 'We send our condolences to @GBarlowOfficial and his family during this tough time..our thoughts and prayers with you..Marv and the boys x'

And Gary's fellow X Factor judge Tulisa wrote: 'My thoughts & prayers are with @GBarlowOfficial and wife dawn tonight. Heartbreaking x'