Gary Barlow and Wife Dawn "Devastated" After Losing Baby Poppy
Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have announced the tragic news that their fourth child was delivered stillborn.
The Take That star's wife went into labour on Saturday (4 August), but the baby girl they had named Poppy did not survive.
Confirming the sad turn of events in a statement on Monday (6 August), Gary said, "Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we've lost our baby.
"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."
Gary and Dawn, who've been married 12 years, are also parents to son Daniel, 11, and daughters Emily, nine, and Daisy, three.
Robbie Williams, Gary's Take That bandmate who's expecting his first child with wife Ayda Field, passed on his condolences, saying, "My thoughts are with Gary, Dawn and family right now."
Theatre mogul Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, who recently teamed up with Gary to create the Queen's Diamond Jubilee anthem, took to Twitter to comfort the grieving couple, writing, "Dearest Dawn & Gary, Madeleine & I are devastated about news of Poppy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family."
Gary's fans have also rallied around him since the news broke, setting up
a donation page on a charity website, which aims to raise $160,000 for stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands in memory of Poppy.
Gary took to Twitter.com on Wednesday (8 August) to let his followers know that he was touched by their messages, writing, "Your kind words and lovely messages are overwhelming. Thank you."