Paul OGradys funeral details confirmed as locals invited to pay respects to late star

Paul O'Grady's funeral date has been confirmed for this Thursday as his funeral procession will pass through his home village in Kent.

The television star's widowed husband, Andre Portasio, shared a snap of the late entertainer smiling 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," he continued of the late star, who passed away following a cardiac arrest.

"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.

"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," he concluded the post.

Paul shocked the world when he died on March 28 at the age of 67.

Best known to the world for his drag alter ego Lily Savage, and for his presenting skills on the ITV series For The Love of Dogs, Paul died peacefully at his home, in his own bed, with husband Andre by his side.

Andre announced Paul’s death in a statement released last month.

He said: “It is with great sadness that I inform you that Paul has passed away unexpectedly but peacefully yesterday evening.

“We ask, at this difficult time, that whilst you celebrate his life you also respect our privacy as we come to terms with this loss.

“He will be greatly missed by his loved ones, friends, family, animals and all those who enjoyed his humour, wit and compassion.”

His cause of death was confirmed to be a cardiac arrhythmia, which triggered a cardiac arrest, and likely resulted from heart disease, which Paul had suffered from for a number of years.

Prior to his death, the star had suffered heart attacks in 2002, 2006 and 2014, and his parents had sadly died of heart issues, too.

Sudden cardiac arrhythmia is when someone dies unexpectedly after going into cardiac arrest. It affects around 500 people a year in the UK.


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