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Rick Parfitt's young twins leave heartbreaking notes to 'Dadda' at his funeral

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Ainhoa Barcelona
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20 January 2017
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Among the friends and family mourning the loss of Rick Parfitt are the singer's young twins Tommy and Lily. The children wrote heartbreaking notes to their 'Dadda' as his funeral took place on Thursday.

Tommy's message read: "Dadda, I see your bright star each night and when it disappears I say 'goodnight' invisible dada. I love you, Tommy xxxx."

The card was attached to a white rose while Lily's note, which read "Dadda, I'm missing you. Nothing will ever be the same", was fittingly tied to a white lily.

Rick Parfitt's son Tommy, born in 2008, paid tribute to his dad

The youngsters are believed to have not attended the funeral although their mum Lyndsay Whitburn, Rick's third wife, was pictured at Woking Crematorium. Rick's first wife Marietta Boeker and his second wife Patty Beedon also attended, as did Rick's older sons Rick Jr and Harry.

Lyndsay's note to her late husband read: "You filled our 11 years with so much joy and thank you for our wonderful children. I miss you and the world is an empty and sad place without you. Love forever Lyndsay."

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Rick's third wife Lyndsay Whitburn attended the funeral

The funeral took place in the musician's hometown of Woking with around 80 family and friends in attendance. Mourners, including Rick's Status Quo bandmates, arrived at the gig-themed funeral in a double-decker tour bus.

Some mourners wore what looked to be gig passes while others carried floral wreaths in the shape of guitars. A floral tribute spelling 'DAD' was also placed on Rick's coffin.

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Rick passed away on Christmas Eve

An order of service featured the guitarist's smiling face with the caption, "Not a bad life really."

Tony Hadley was among the guests. Afterwards the Spandau Ballet singer said the service was "very moving" because of the eulogy delivered by Rick's son, Rick Jr.

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Rick's son Harry hugs his mum Patty Beedon

The service also featured a reading of the last song ever written by Rick, entitled Over And Out. The lyrics included: "Over and Out. Where have I gone? Haven't had contact in what seems so long. Up here all alone by myself."

Rick passed away on Christmas Eve aged 68. His manager announced the news in a statement, saying: "He died in hospital in Marbella, Spain, as a result of a severe infection, having been admitted to hospital on Thursday evening following complications to a shoulder injury incurred by a previous fall.

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Tony Hadley said the service was "very moving"

"This tragic news comes at a time when Rick was hugely looking forward to launching a solo career with an album and autobiography planned for 2017 following his departure from Status Quo's touring activities on medical advice."

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