Gary Barlow has broken the devastating news that his fourth baby was delivered stillborn on Saturday.
In a statement, the Take That star and his wife Dawn 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."
They had announced they were expecting their fourth child in February, and revealed in April it was to be another little girl.
The couple have been married for 12 years, and have a son, Daniel 11, and two daughters, Emily, nine, and Daisy, three.
The tragic news comes less than two weeks after Gary's band mate, Mark Owen and his wife Emma celebrated the birth of their third child, Fox India. Robbie Williams 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 send their condolences. RIP Poppy was the number one trend on the social networking site as fans and friends spoke of their shock and sympathy.
Amanda Holden, whose own child was stillborn at seven months, wrote: "My heart and love goes out to Gary and his family xx."
Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote: 'Dearest Dawn & Gary, Madeleine & I are devastated about news of Poppy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family.'
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'
Such tragic news. Our hearts go out to Gary and Dawn at this very sad time.
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