OXFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 08: Barry Gibb (L), Robin's son Robin-John Gibb (4L) and Robin's widow Dwina Murphy Gibb (2R) and other members of the Gibb family arrive for Robin Gibb's funeral at Priest End, Thame on June 8, 2012 in Oxford, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)
By Randee Dawn, MSNBC.com
Robin Gibb's body was taken to his funeral by horse-drawn carriage in Thame, Oxfordshire, in England on Friday, as well-wishers lined the streets of his adopted hometown, according to UK publication The Independent.
Gibb died in May of kidney failure after enduring bowel ailments, a coma, cancer and pneumonia. He was 62.
The procession included a white, glass-sided carriage to carry the coffin. The carriage was draped in roses and pulled by black Fresian horses, which were decorated in cloths featuring a gold treble clef. Following behind were Gibb's Irish wolfhounds, a bagpipe player and friends and family. Gibb's sons, R.J. and Spencer, and his nephew, Stevie, were among the pallbearers. Gibb's body was taken to St. Mary's Church, which is opposite the home he lived in with wife, Dwina, for 19 years; he is to be buried in the courtyard.
Gibb was born on the Isle of Man along with his three brothers: fraternal twin, Maurice, Barry and Andy. Eventually the family emigrated to Australia. All four brothers became pop hitmakers, though only Maurice, Barry and Robin comprised the Bee Gees, who had international success in the 1960s and 1970s with a string of hits including "I've Gotta Get A Message to You," "Stayin' Alive" and "How Deep Is Your Love." The group also wrote songs for artists including Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross.
Funeral attendees included Tim Rice, Uri Geller, and brother Barry, the sole surviving Gibb out of the four brothers.
During the service, Dwina read a poem, which was to be followed by a performance of one of Gibb's final compositions, "Don't Cry Alone," which came from his "Titanic Requiem." Guests were set to leave the ceremony with the Bee Gees' song, "I Started a Joke" playing in the background.
A memorial event is scheduled for later in 2012, according to The Sun.